Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine has named Enrique Valero the Managing Director of the historic property in Spain’s Duero wine-growing region. Mr. Valero has served as the CEO of Abadía Retuerta Winery since 2009, and with this additional appointment he assumes complete responsibility for both the restored 12th-century abbey hotel and the estate’s award-winning winery.
“With the consolidation of management, an exceptional opportunity has been created to accelerate the synergism between our extraordinary hotel and world-class winery,” said Mr. Valero. “We will be able to further position our brand as a multi-faceted travel, wine and cultural experience where guests enjoy the finest life has to offer.”
Mr. Valero has had a distinguished executive career in a variety of senior positions with domestic and international wine and spirits companies. During his eight years as CEO of Abadía Retuerta, he has elevated it to one of the leading wineries of the Duero Valley with award-winning vintages of exceptional pedigree. Previously, he was CEO of London-based United Wineries International, overseeing an extensive roster of international export brands.
Other positions include Public Relations & Marketing Director of Jerez, Spain-based Grupo González Byass, where he oversaw the company’s many brands including Tío Pepe, Lepanto, Beronia and London Gin; Marketing and Communications Director, Arco Bodegas Unidas; and sales and marketing positions with IDV (the Diageo Group today) in the Spanish and British markets. He is also an Associate Professor at Instituto de Empresa International Business School in Madrid, a member of the advisory board of the wine fund Vini Catena by Banca March, and author of the book “How to Manage a Winery.” Mr. Valero earned a B.A. in Law from the University of Seville, and an MBA (Master in Business Administration) from the Instituto de Empresa International Business School.
The Abadía Retuerta estate, set on 1,730 fertile acres in the heart of Spain’s Duero wine region, offers a grand travel experience by combining the Abadía Retuerta Winery, acclaimed for its award-winning single terroir wines, and Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine, the restored medieval-abbey hotel dating from 1146 that is among the most highly rated properties in Europe.
Opened in 2012 after a complete restoration, Abadía Retuerta LeDomaine is imbued with the charm and lore of a by-gone age, taking guests back in time while immersing them in the comforts and luxuries of today’s most savvy hospitality. LeDomaine overwhelms the senses with its enduring history, stately architecture, majestic ambiance, 30 regal accommodations and world-class culinary experiences.
In addition to the exceptional pedigree of its wines, Abadía Retuerta Winery is among the most advanced in Europe in combining ancient wine-making traditions with cutting-edge technology and sustainability.
Santuario LeDomaine Wellness & Spa is a nurturing and innovative sanctuary of holistic healing and wellness featuring ultra-luxurious facilities and a ground-breaking vinotherapy spa concept where the guest’s personalized treatment program is based on a blind tasting of Abadía Retuerta wines
The Refectorio, the abbey’s original dining hall with a vaulted Gothic ceiling and a 17th-century fresco, today is a One-Michelin-Star sanctuary of haute cuisine. Vinoteca serves dishes, tapas and small plates prepared with the high-quality ingredients of the region, enjoyed with the noble Abadía Retuerta wines. Seasonal dishes from salads to grilled meats are enjoyed al fresco in the spring and summer months in the Cloisters courtyard. Among the amenities and activities: 24-hour butler service, mountain biking and horseback riding on the estate, tours of the winery, helicopter rides to view the ancient landscape from the air, and falconry displays.
The Abadía Retuerta estate is a two-hour drive or train ride from Madrid.