Our family has been established in the town for generations. The latest generation reminds us that our great-grandfather Juan had a distillery, whose tax records going back a century allow us to bring the past to the present, and that our grandparents kept the vines as part of a farm that integrated a variety of crops.


Juan Manuel Jr. took over the family farm early in the next decade, and now looks after the vineyards, continuing a relationship that has existed since they were first planted until today.

The production from a total of 14 hectares had previously been sold to area wineries, but under Juan Manuel Jr.'s supervision, a home winery was created that began perfecting its processes with small production runs of its own.

Then, in 2012 and backed by the other family members, the Milénico winery was officially incorporated within the Designation of Origin (DO) Ribera del Duero, and its first wines, in limited edition, appeared on the market in 2015.

The Milénico name contains the initials of the latest generation of the family and also reminds us of the millennium that wine has formed an uninterrupted part of our culture and way of life—since the time that the Duero River was once a border dividing two medieval worlds.


Our village is situated in the Burgos part of the Ribera del Duero, an area with abundant vestiges of wine culture which, in some cases, go back more than two thousand years, back to when these lands were part of Roman Lusitania.

Around the year 1000 CE, the village was a border town of Castile and had a small fortress that was razed. After that time, and with the advance of the Spanish Reconquest of the Peninsula, wine was, and still is, an integral part of our culture.

San Martín de Rubiales is nestled on the slopes that border the Duero on its right bank. Its main street crosses over the riverbed and, for centuries, has connected the Duero River Pass with the upper elevations in the highlands.

Located at an elevation of 800 meters and protected by surrounding hillsides from the cold wind we call "cierzo", it was an ideal location to take advantage of the water that flowed, powered by gravity, from the higher elevations at 900-1,000 meters down to the village.


Wine has left its mark in the history of our town and is captured in the multitude of wine-related buildings and constructions. Numerous centuries-old underground wine cellars surround us. Some are still visible and many others are hidden forever in the mountains, still guarding the stories of those who came before us.

Their ceilings blackened with candle smoke are silent witnesses of the many generations who dedicated their time, wisdom and efforts for the cultivation of wine.

The church, very large considering the size of the town, gives evidence of a past wealth that was most likely associated with wine.

Phylloxera reached the Ribera del Duero in 1904 and San Martín de Rubiales was, sadly, the first town where it was found. The town's population was then about 1,000 residents, but it suffered a decline of about 15% over the next 15 years. The Phylloxera infestation culminated with a significant emigration out of the town, one which was more pronounced than those of nearby towns like Roa de Duero, which gives an idea of the impact of the plague here and the importance that wine making held in those days. Up until then most of the hillsides that connect the valley with the highlands, as well as much of the highlands themselves, were covered with vineyards and almond groves.

The vineyard recovered, in part, and our elders tell us that up until the 1950s, when irrigation and new technology arrived in the valley, grapes occupied the better part of the valley's terrain, from the hillsides to the highlands and up and down the right bank of the river. The vine gradually lost ground to other crops, and in the end only small pockets were left, with most of those being on the hillsides that border the valley. .

In recent decades, the vines are again retaking areas that had traditionally been its home, starting another new chapter in the region's history.

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