BODEGAS TEMPORE: THE CELEBRATORY UNION OF A WOMAN AND HER WINEMAKING LEGACY
“Respeto por la Tierra, Pasión por el Vino!”
This poetic Spanish line translated is "Respect for the Land, Passion for Wine." This is the motto of Spanish winery Bodegas Tempore.
In celebration of International Women's Day, we shine the spotlight on an exceptional winemaker, Paula Yago Aznar, who runs Bodegas Tempore - a trailblazer in the organic winemaking industry.
Paula was kind enough to share her enchanting story about her passion for winemaking, passed onto her by her father, the mastermind behind the Bodegas Tempore Winery in Spain.
THE WINERY AND HOW IT ALL BEGAN
Specialising in autochthonous varieties of Garnacha grapes, Bodegas Tempore Winery is committed to organic and biodynamic vine-growing mechanisms. The company's main pillars are Garnacha grapes, roots, terroir and sustainability. The northern "Cierzo" chilly winds and the extreme sun gives a special and unique character to their vines.
With a low yield turning into the exquisite quality of elaboration, their wines burst with a fruity flavour and evocative aroma. By letting mother nature work her way through the vines, the company is committed to sustainable means of sourcing the wine from the inception of the winemaking process.
A TALENTED FAMILY OF WINEMAKERS - THE LEGACY OF BODEGAS TEMPORE
Four generations of the Yago Aznar family are the success behind Bodegas Tempore's legacy. The family is deeply committed to passing on winemaking traditions and innovative concepts that propel the company forward.
Paula Yago Aznar is a woman in this male-dominated industry, making waves in her passion and respect towards winemaking. Given the frequently unpredictable changes in the vinery, Paula enjoys learning about the vines and taking care of these delicate beauties by donning boots every day.
This winemaker muses that getting her hands dirty is undoubtedly brings her joy! The grapes are looked after tenderly with much care and love, not forgetting a "feminine touch", which Paula believes adds to the wine's quality.
Paula is a mother of two boys, while her brother Victor, who also involved in running the winery, is a father to two girls. Of course, the pair have decided to expose their children to the business as much as possible but give them the decision to determine if they want to carry the business forward or not.
"Once, when our family was out for a meal, the waiter asked my son what he wanted to drink. He responded, 'A glass of wine, please!'. The boys are constantly surrounded by wine-related conversations all the time, that it's no surprise!" mused Paula.
FOCUS ON THREE MAIN PILLARS TO BUILD A THRIVING WINERY
Paula's father, who started Bodegas Tempore, was a versatile farmer who harmonised his days working on the land, soil, and climate to bring these exquisite wines to life, she recalls, retelling the story full of nostalgia.
Her brother Victor studied engineering and later joined their father in learning the age-old tradition of winemaking in the year 2000. Paula followed her brother two years later, in 2002.
They primarily focus on three main aspects of their father's legacy: Focusing on it being a family business, organic winemaking, and working with indigenous grapes - Tempranillo and Garnacha.
THE WINE LEADS THEIR PATH INTO THE FUTURE
The business' vision is to create unique wines using innovative concepts rather than just focussing on economies of scale. The harvesting season comes earlier with each passing year. Therefore the company incorporated solar panels to help with the irrigation process as the weather continues to get hotter.
With 120 hectares of land, the company can produce 500,000 bottles in a good year. While the land is vast, the yield is smaller but high in quality. The next step the company ensures is to keep with their customer's demands and ensure that all the wines are biodynamic certified.
Given that sustainable winemaking is at the crux of the business, Paula's father worked closely with the European Organic Agency to migrate from conventional to organic winemaking.
BEING A WOMAN WINEMAKER IN A MAN'S WORLD
Paula explains how she channels her "feminine" heightened senses and feelings to be a better winemaker. Using her sharp sense of smell and taste, she can pick out the subtleties of blending the grapes and the grapes' maceration length in the winemaking process. Paula muses, "My philosophy is to ensure that wines are accessible and friendly. Winemaking has seen an increase in female participants in wine fairs over the past few years, and it is an encouraging sight."
Female winemakers such as Paula are an added asset to the organic winemaking industry. With her keen enthusiasm, dedication to preserving age-old traditions and passion for nurturing the vines to produce a quality range of wines, Bodegas Tempore had most-certainly secured their place in future winemaking.
As Paula rightly points out, "Volar, viajar, vivir otras vidas y volver. Volver a la tierra y dibujar un nuevo camino." Live a thousand lives in one, discover the world and experience all. Recover your origins and create a new beginning!