Pagos de Familia Vega Tolosa is a family winery consists of 200 ha vineyards and dedicated to the production of organic wines with Protected Denomination Origin “Manchuela” and eno-tourism. The Tolosa family has another agrarian company that is dedicated to the certified ecological cultivation of grapevines, cereals and legumes. Both activities are complementary because agrarian company provides grapes for the winery.
Pagos de Familia Vega Tolosa founded dates back to 1905, with the winery of the great-great-grandfather of the family. The winery goes from generation to generation, until reaching the brothers Juan Miguel and Emilio José, the 4th generation. They decide to promote the business based on the preservation of a variety of indigenous red grape (bobal) and the introduction of organic crops, which allows them a high differentiation.
The bobal vineyards planted over 80 years ago, along with the old Maccabees; They have seen how new varieties entered the farm: chardonnay, sauvignon-blanc, viognier and small-grain muscat, as white varieties. Tempranillo, syrah, cabernet-sauvignon, merlot and garnacha tintorera, in red.
The other main characteristics of their wines is that they have been adapted to please new and younger consumers, who demand wines which suit their tastes more closely. Recently they have incorporated eno-tourism with guided tours, wine casts, celebration of events and cuisine service with typical local dishes. They have been integrated into several specialized tourism networks. The activity is growing rapidly, the business has a very good positioning in the area.
Tolosa family participates actively in the business. The two brothers, Juan Miguel and Emilio José, are co‐owners, together with their father. Brothers’ wives work in administrative positions. One of the younger successors has been involved in the new line of business. Family is preparing the succession on the next generation. A strong entrepreneurial spirit is the most important strength of this family business.
Very recently, Pagos de Familia Vega Tolosa has joined Singapore Wines, Spirits and Beers Competition 2020 and won Two Gold Medal Award and a Silver Medal Award in this prestigious competition:
Finca Los Halcones Crianza Bobal Manchuela 2017
Awarded Gold by Singapore Newspaper
DESCRIPTION : This wine is the result of a selection of 60 new French oak barrels, where only 16,600 bottles are made. This wine can create sediments because it has not been clarified or filtered; so as not to lose your identity.
TASTING NOTES : Intense garnet color. Aromas of blackberries, toffee and black pepper. In the mouth it is fleshy, round and persistent.
Bobal Icon Barrica Bobal Manchuela 2018
Awarded Gold by Singapore Newspaper
DESCRIPTION : Wine made with the selection of best Bobal grapes from old vineyards over 80 years old and aged for 6 months in French oak barrels. Bobal Icon seek to offer a different wine, harmonious and with personality that expresses the uniqueness of our vineyards of more than 80 years, the microclimate and the privileged location of the vineyards.
Wine made from the best selection of grapes from Bobal vineyards. The wine was aged for 6 months in French oak barrels. A vineyard that they inherited from their grandparents and that they planted themselves.
Capricho DiVino Sauvignon-Blanc Manchuela 2019
Awarded Silver by Singapore Newspaper
DESCRIPTION : Wine made with the best Bobal grapes from Vega Tolosa vineyards.
TASTING NOTES : Pale pink, crystalline color. Strawberry, raspberry and violet aromas. In the mouth it is seductive, elegant and sweet.
Interview of Mr. Juan Miguel Tolosa – Owner/CEO-Winemarker
Question 1: Do you already export to Singapore ? If yes, where ? If no, what type of importers & distributors are you looking for in Singapore ?
In 2019, I presented our wines at the Hotel Capella Singapur, Where several importers and wine influencers attended the presentation in Singapore. The perspective are good and we think that as a way of promoting our wines in Singapore is through getting more awards to confirm the quality of our wines. Currently, we are not exporting to Singapore, but we see good business opportunities as our wines have an excellent price-quality ratio.
We would like that our future is importer will be specialized mainly in on-trade channel. Our Importer will have to have experience marketing Spanish wines and within them, promote our wines within the “MANCHUELA” denomination of origin Manchuela and it’s grape variety Bobal.
Ofcourse, our winery would help with the marketing of our grape varieties and products.
Question 2: What is the most unique and qualitative part of your products, different from competitors ?
Pagos De Familia Vega Tolosa is a family winery, together with my brother Emilio Tolosa, we are the 4th Generation. Emilio Manages the vineyard and I manage the winery. The future of the winery is also assured with the 5th generation with my two daughters. Mariluz Tolosa is already working in her second year. As you see the essence of the winery is and will be the family. A family future project with the following core features.
Organic and Vegan Wines, all our vineyards (250 Hectares ) are certified organic.
Protected designation of origin manchuela, a differentiated seal of quality and a unique terroir to produce quality wines.
Our autochtonous vineyards of Bobal variety. In average over 80 years old vines and some over 100 years old, with productions of 4000 kg per hectare, getting the maximum expressions of the vineyards in our wines.
Our Sauvignon Blanc vineyards are 25 years old, have been perfectly adapted to our climate and our land, producing some complex wines in it’s aroma and taste.
Question 3: When did you start to export your brand worldwide, and what is your development plan for the next years ?
Vega Tolosa began exports in 2005, before that only dedicates to the national market.
Our development plan consists in opening new markets and developing our brands, introducing our Bobal variety all over the world.