Barco del Corneta

Winemakers Beatriz Herranz and Félix Crespo are childhood friends who put a shovel in the ground along with a few trusted others in the town of La Seca in the Spanish province of Valladolid. Their goal? Change minds around the world about what the Verdejo variety and the Rueda D.O. are capable of.  

Traditionally, Rueda is a place where very industrial, commercial wines were made and manipulated with non-indigenous yeasts. Barco del Corneta is completely changing this narrative, producing gorgeous small-batch, low-intervention wines with organically farmed indigenous grapes and yeasts. 

The soils in La Seca are mainly sedimentary on a bedrock of limestone, and the benign climate allows them to work organically in the vineyards. Beatriz and Félix have put their heart and soul into truly getting to know Verdejo.

The wines they craft from this characterful grape come in a range of styles - from a fresh, fruit-forward style to a single vineyard that is lees aged in oak. They aim to achieve an authentic expression of the grapes, and describe their wines as swimming against the current.

Béatriz’ grandfather has a rich history in La Seca, dating back to the Spanish civil war. Along with Béatriz mum, Maria Antonia - who is the soul of Barco del Corneta in many ways - Béa and Félix are fighting  for the authentic expression of the Verdejo grape in Spain and also abroad. 

We never thought we’d find a Verdejo we liked until we met Beatrix and Félix! In their hands, the grape is ultra-versatile and reminiscent of a Sauvignon Blanc on steroids.