The Spanish beverage production and trading company headquartered in Barcelona in the autonomous region Catalonia was founded in 1870 by Jaime Torres (1843-1905) and Miguel Torres (+1906). The roots of the family with viticulture activities go back to the 17th century. In 1902 King Alfonso XIII. (1886-1941) visited. Founding nephew Joan Torres Casals (1865-1932) expanded it further. In his era, the production of spirits began. Miguel Torres Carbó (1909-1991) took over the company in the third family generation. This traveled to the north and in the early 1940s South America, promoted the wines and established the international reputation. At the beginning of the 1940s, the production was changed from barrel to bottled wine. The first bottle of wine called "Corona" came on the market in 1942, which is still one of the historical brands today.
After chemical and Oenology studies in Barcelona and Dijon (Burgundy), the fourth generation, Miguel A. Torres (* 1941), joined the company in 1962. He introduced varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc from the mid-1960s and subsequently decisively shaped the company. The strong commitment to the company should be emphasized environmental Protection and against the causes of the climate change, His achievements have been recognized by many awards. The Decanter Magazine voted him "Man of the year" in 2002 International Wine Challenge honored him in 2010 for his life's work and in 2012 he received from Wine enthusiast the “Lifetime Achievement Award”. Today Miguel A. Torres acts as president, the vice presidents are Juan M. Torres (* 1935) and Marimar Torres (* 1945). The fifth generation is represented by Arnau Torres-Roselló, Mireia Torres-Maczassek, Cristina Torres and Miguel Torres-Maczassek (* 1974), who has been General Manager since 2012. 1,300 people are employed worldwide. The company is a member of the Family Goods Association PFV (Primum Familiae Vini) by Miguel Torres and Robert Drouhin Founded.
The company is characterized by innovative experimentation, extraordinary vinification methods and rigorous quality control out. Torres reinvests at least 95% of the profit each year to remain a self-financed company. The Miguel Torres Foundation supports projects to build schools and accommodation for orphans who are at risk of social exclusion. Torres' focus on ecology led to the start of the so-called Torres & Earth program in 2007, with the goal of reducing CO2 emissions by 30% per bottle by 2020 compared to 2008. The program includes renewable energies, eco-efficiency in transportation, optimization of water consumption, adaptation measures in the vineyards and biodiversity, including forest management and reforestation (Torres bought nearly 6,000 hectares in Chilean Patagonia in 2018) and a CO2 reduction and CCR (Carbon Capture and Reuse) program. From 2008 to 2017, Torres invested more than 12 million euros in the Torres & Earth program and during this period its CO2 footprint was reduced by 25.4% (certified by Lloyd's).
The vineyards in Spain cover around 2,000 hectares of vineyards, around half of them in the DO area Penedès, Grapes are also purchased. The winery is now considered one of the most modern in the world and was the first to introduce stainless steel tanks in Catalonia. Around 20,000 oak barrels are available for expansion. There will be over 50 autochthonous Grape varieties cultivated and experimented with. Already from the mid-1980s there was an increasing Organic (ecological) viticulture set. The extensive assortment includes red wines, rosé and white wines as well as sparkling wines. The wines from the privileged individual locations are among the top wines in the world. These include Mas La Plana ( Cabernet Sauvignon ), Grans Muralles ( Monastrell. Garnacha Tinta, Cariñena / mazuelo, Garró / MANDON. Querol ), Reserva Real ( Bordeaux blend ), Perpetual (Cariñena, Garnacha Tinta), Milmanda ( Chardonnay ) and Fransola ( Sauvignon Blanc ).
Another important pillar is the production of spirits, The origins go back to 1928 when Juan Torres Casals started to produce aromatic brandies matured in oak barrels. Only the best grapes from Penedès were used for this. Today, Juan Torres Master Distillers brandy. liqueur. Pisco and tequila produced. Top products include Torres 10, Torres 15, Torres 20, Jaime I and Reserva del Mamut. The latter is a very limited edition of 999 unique bottles of 30 year old brandy, numbered and made by hand. Master Destillateur Matías Llobet, when he entered Torres in 1985, filled three Limousin oak barrels with the best brandies in the house and let them mature for 30 years.
Foreign activities began in 1979 when the winery was founded Miguel Torres in Chile, In 1993 in California the winery Marimar Estate put into operation. The winery Jean Leon (Penedès) was acquired in 1995 and is managed by Mireia Torres. It started in the same year China with the Zhangjiakou Great Wall Torres Winery joint venture with a trial vineyard and a small winery. This partnership ended in 1997 and the wine import company Torres China (Shanghai Torres Wine Trading) was founded. Over 400 wines from 15 countries are imported and distributed.