Juan Gil wines with Special Guest
The Gil family celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2016. It was the saga’s great-grandfather Juan Gil Jiménez who decided to leave his job as a stone cutter and try his hand at making wine in Jumilla.
In an area where bulk wine was the standard until not long ago, the fourth generation made a strong commitment to craft high quality reds at Bodegas El Nido. In association with well-known Australian winemaker Chris Ringland, its two wines Clío (70% Monastrell, 30% Cabernet Sauvignon, around €35 in Spain) and El Nido (70% Cabernet Sauvignon, 30% Monastrell, €115) gained international recognition from the very moment they were released.
It’s impressive to see the progression of such a large wine group, considering its humble origins and the area where they started. Aside from Jumilla, where they own Juan Gil and Bodegas El Nido, the Gil Family Estates is also present in Montsant (Can Blau), Priorat (Bluegrey), Calatayud (Ateca), Campo de Borja (Morca), Almansa (Atalaya), Castilla y León (Tridente and Shaya, the latter under the Rueda appellation) and Rías Baixas (Lagar de Condesa). They have recently expanded to Rioja where they have built a winery called Rosario Vera after buying vineyards in Rioja Alta and Rioja Alavesa.
The group comprises over 1,400 hectares of own vineyards with production exceeding 8m bottles. Up to 75% of the wines are exported to over 40 countries. The fourth generation’s nine siblings all have a stake in the company headed by Miguel and Ángel Gil.