José Manuel Ortega Gil-Fournier born in Spain, Ortega is a banker. His career included a stint in London with Goldman Sachs. He purchased the winery and vineyards in 2002 in order to continue with the development of the quality of the wines and become not only one of the leading wineries in Ribera Del Duero but to one day produce the world’s greatest wines. Today he owns estates in Mendoza and Chile. His Spanish winery was originally founded by the San Juan family from Aranda de Duero (Burgos). The winery was built in 1979, a few years ahead of the creation of the Denominación de Origen Ribera del Duero but the first vines at the vineyard were planted in 1946.
Marian Santamaría is responsible for producing the wine. José Spisso, Head Winemaker for the Group, assists her during her trips to the Ribera del Duero winery. The main asset of the winery is its vineyard with the main variety being Tinta del País (Tempranillo) with one hectare of Merlot. The age of the vineyard allows O. Fournier to obtain high quality grapes for their top wines. The O. Fournier winery is producing some of the finest wines in Ribera del Duero. Where its vineyards mainly consist of densely planted low yielding bush vines, half of which are between 23 and 57 years old.