We recovered the ancient ageing and bottling procedures of Sherry wine. ‘Soleras’ and ‘criaderas’ tended for generations.
With the marriage of Pedro Agustín Rivero de la Herrán and Tomasa de la Tixera Menchaca in 1781, two of the most important familes of Sherry in the production and marketing of Cabeza-Tixera and Rivero wines, become one. This recasts the winery as ‘Rivero CZ’.
The winery becomes the official supplier of the Spanish Royal House with authorization to use the royal coat of arms in their labels.
Bodegas Tradición takes part in the Universal Exhibition of Barcelona, winning the gold medal and diploma for their wines.
Bodegas Tradición takes part in the Universal Exhibition of Paris winning a Grand Prize diploma. After this, the Ministry of Government (the government’s office or the government), through the Export Board, asks Joaquín Maria Rivero, the president at the time, to hand over all the exhibited bottles of the winning wines to create the Commerce Museum in Madrid. Said letter is stored in Bodegas Tradicion’s historical archive.
The Regulatory Board for the Denomination of Origin of Jerez-Xérès-Sherry was established, becoming the firsh and thus the oldest of Spain. Composed of winemakers and winegrowers from the ‘Marco de Jerez’, it held its first meeting in August 1934 and a year later it released its first Regulation of Origin, that served as a model for future Spanish denominations of origin.
During all of the first half of the twentieth century Bodega CZ Rivero maintained the traditional way of exporting of its wines. In all its history there are records of sales to faraway countries like China, Philippines, Cuba, the British America, and it would be in said century when the sales to countries like USA, New Zeland, all over Europe and exotic countries, like Iran, are consolidated. An example are the 1000 boxes of Barndy ‘Tres Z’ exported to Tangier.
The winery was sold to the holding Group Carbonell against the wishes of the branch of the actual owner’s family. This was a severe blow for the then president Rafael Rivero Dávila, which caused his death, as after years of legal battles to recover the winery, he suffered a heart failure when he found out that there was no way of recovering the winery.
D. Joaquín Rivero founded Bodegas Tradición. In his desire to recover his family’s historical bond with wine and the world of wine-producers, he acquired an old farmhouse in the middle of the historical town centre of Jerez and began selecting wines from the oldest and most exceptional, but nearly forgotten, ‘soleras’. Initially, the winery included 500 wineskins of ‘oloroso sherry’ and ‘medium-dry sherry’.
From the start, the intention of Don Joaquín Rivero was to sell exclusively very old wines, but it wasn’t until the year 2000 when the categories VORS and VOS were officially recognized by the Regulatory Board of Jerez. He was a pioneer.
This year, the commercial office is opened in Madrid.
With the idea of being able to get some exceptional wines that where then available on the market, a fist amplification was made, purchasing a second winery at the number 5 in the same street, amplifying this way the site up to 800 barrels and stating that same year with the commercialisation of Palo Cortado and P.X.
The art gallery of Bodegas Tradición is inaugurated within the proper site of the winery. It’s one of the best private collections of Andalusian paintings, with works of Spanish painters from the centuries XIV till XIX that include master painters like Goya, Zurbarán, Velázquez, Murillo or El Greco, among others. It’s pretended to be a changing exposition with the intention of exchanging the works of most expository interest.
Begins the commercialisation of the Brandy by the acquisition of 200 wine casks from three different ‘solerajes’ of an incalculable oldness. That same year begins to function the centre for visits.
Second amplification of the winery, reaching 1.000 barrels. A new site of a winery next to the original of the Cordobeses, 3, in the street Rincón Malillo, is purchased, and the works at the Fino site is started. They aim for an old wine, mature and with a strong character, unknown at that time. Once again Don Joaquín Rivero was a pioneer, ahead of his time.
Begins the commercialisation of the ‘Cream’ and only one year later, of the ‘Fino’.
The historical archive is recovered, dated since 1650, with documents of inestimable value that reflect the commercial relation of this family with wine for almost 400 years. The same is done with the photographical archive, with snapshots dating from 1860. The last amplification is started with the purchase of 300 barrels of ‘Fino’. With these they achieve the current number of 1.500 barrels.
D. Joaquín Rivero dies at the age of 72 years and his daughter Helena takes total charge of the management of the winery.
Twentieth anniversary of the foundation of Bodegas Tradición, who currently commercialises its products in 25 countries and receives around 6.000 visitors yearly. The exhaustive control of the old age allows them to sell nearby 30.000 bottles of the best Sherry wines, as proven by the Regulatory Board with the certifications of the categories VORS and VOS for all of their wines.