A family of winegrowers
Tudanca Wines have many years of history. The Vicenta de las Heras family were always winegrowers: grandparents, great-grandparents, and other ancestors … La Horra was always a town where its people dedicated themselves to wine, and specifically the De Las Heras family, who lived on wine all their lifetime.
Vicenta de las Heras, one day married a confectioner from Aranda and went to work in the pastry sector … But she never forgot the love she had for the vineyard, which had been transmitted to her by her predecessors.
In 1985, Vicenta de las Heras took Julián Sardina, his son-in-law, to a family vineyard, where he said: “Look at this vineyard, it was from my aunts, my mother’s sisters, and I have inherited it. How about?” It was an old vineyard, many strains were missing…. Julián, who didn’t know much about vineyards at the time, started to think and felt that the vineyard was positively hooking him. So much so that today, after 30 years, the vineyard remains his passion and illusion.
The vineyard is very grateful, and when you treat it well it gives an unbeatable product. It gives some grapes that then with those grapes makes an exceptional wine.
The story of a legacy
Tudanca Wines was born in La Horra, which is where Vicenta de las Heras had its 2-hectare vineyard planted, which it had inherited from its predecessors. Julián Sardina was converting that legacy by starting and optimizing the plantation over the years. Around that first vineyard, more land has been acquired over time, always high quality land. Julián was advised by his uncles and people from the town of La Horra, who with long wine experience had extensive knowledge of the area and the best vineyards.
The wine depends on the quality of the land and the microclimate. And if there is good land, and good weather like Ribera del Duero, the grape is good. With good grapes it is difficult to make bad wine.
A dream come true
Vicenta worked in his workshop making cakes, but at harvest time he went with all his workers and one of his children to harvest. For two or three days they made the harvest so as not to lose the tradition of their ancestors. Vicenta was a tireless and enterprising visionary and woman, and she always suggested to Julián that she buy more land and make a winery to make a good wine one day. After many years caring for the vineyard, dreams were fulfilled, and in 2001 the first Tudanca wine was born.
Past, present and future
Today Vicenta’s dreams are channeled through Julián, who has spent many years enjoying what he does, being his hobby and passion. Julián is lucky that his saga continues his dream. His daughter Laura Sardina, granddaughter of Vicenta de las Heras, returned to the family environment after training in enology, and is currently at the forefront of the Tudanca Wines with great enthusiasm. Vicenta’s dream is passed down from generation to generation, which means a lot to this great family of wines. Tradition is a key part of its philosophy.
Vicenta de las Heras lived until she was 101 years old and today her family proudly carries her name as a bulwark for a working, sacrificed generation that always wanted to transmit its legacy to its descendants. Today, their children and grandchildren can enjoy and share with maximum satisfaction the wines that were part of their dream: Tudanca Wines.