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Le Huret, Alderney
UK Channel Islands

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Miguel Torres

The Torres family surname has been linked with wine for more than three centuries, during which time they have worked vineyards in Penedès, a land with a millenarian tradition of wine.

Commercial activity began in 1800, with a horse-drawn carriage used to transport wine in wooden barrels.

When Jaime Torres Vendrell returned from Cuba the Torres family began its domestic and international expansion. Jaime Torres, after more than 10 years of hard work and saving, arrived at the idea of exporting his wines to countries such as Cuba, Argentina and Puerto Rico.

In 1870, Jaime and Miguel Torres Vendrell formed the Torres & Company association, and work began on building the first winery in Vilafranca del Penedès.

The wines gained prestige wherever the intrepid Catalan sea captains of Sitges and Vilanova transported them. Cartagena de Indias, Santiago de Cuba, Veracruz, Bremen, Hamburg and Saint Petersburg were some of these destinations. These wines won prizes in Vienna, Philadelphia and Paris.

The dynamic spirit of the Torres family made them dedicate their efforts not just to making wine, and also to distilling brandies. Right from the beginning, distilling brandy played an important role and Juan Torres Casals became a great promoter of brandy in 1928.

Torres's world-wide expansion is due to one Miguel Torres Carbó. He never forgot his beginnings, when he would be seen carrying bottles of his wine in his arms and offering them to the best restaurants and merchants of his era.

The Spanish Civil War created a big crisis at Torres. In 1939 the winery was bombed. It took the determined efforts of Miguel Torres Carbó, with the notable help of his wife, Doña Margarita, to rebuild it following this disaster.

Since then, the gains made by the Torres family throughout the world have grown and become consolidated. In 1979 a winery was opened in the Central Valley of Chile (Curicó), where a range of wines is made in a truly privileged land, totally free of the Phylloxera blight, given that the whole country of Chile has never been affected by it.

Ever since San Francisco became Marimar Torres's home in 1975 she dreamed of having a vineyard in California. At the beginning of the '80s her father agreed and, following years of searching, Russian River / Green Valley, in Sonoma County, was selected. There she makes elegant wines such as her Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

The tradition of winemaking, allied with a vision for the future, have turned Torres into a great exporting company currently trading in more than 120 countries.

Some of Torres's environmental campaigns:

- Recovery of different and unique grape varieties

- Protection of Endangered Species

- Prevention of Forest Fires

- Conservation of the Environment

- Educational and Awareness Programmes

- ISO14001

- Estate Management and Vineyard Maintenance

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