Records of Guelbenzu’s history date back to 1851, when Martín María Guelbenzu reportedly paid his taxes in demijohns of wine. It was his son, Miguel Guelbenzu, who modernized and developed the winery, winning prestigious medals and accolades in 1880 which helped enhance the winery’s image. Subsequently, these awards were configured on the wine labels where they can still be seen today.
Several generations later, Ricardo Guelbenzu took over the reins of the winery, setting in motion a new era of growth and development, which began in 1992 with the launch of what are now flagship wines: Guelbenzu Evo and Guelbenzu Azul. The range of wines was complete in 1999 with the addition of the winery’s iconic brand, Guelbenzu Lautus. Evo means “duration of eternal things,” and with this name, the producers sought to mirror this wine’s ability to age and improve over time. Lautus refers to “laureate” or “award-winning,” a name to convey anticipated expectations for this renown wine.
In 2001, the winery gained a fresh impetus with the inauguration of its new wine-making facilities at the La Lombana estate in Vierlas (an area along the border between Aragon and Navarra), where new brands linked to this new location were then launched.