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 wine-growing activities date back to the 17th century. In 1902, the winery of King Alfonso XIII. (1886-1941) visited. Founding director Joan Torres Casals (1865-1932) continued to build it. In his era, in 1928, production was also of spirits began. In the third family generation, Miguel Torres Carbó (1909-1991) took over the company. This traveled to the north and at the beginning of the 1940s South America, advertised the wines and established the international reputation. In the early 1940s, the production was converted from barrel to bottled wines. The first bottled wine called "Corona" was launched in 1942 and is still one of the historic brands.
After chemistry and Oenology studies in Barcelona and Dijon (Burgundy) joined in 1962 in the fourth generation Miguel A. Torres (* 1941) in the company. From the mid-1960s he introduced varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Riesling and Sauvignon Blanc, and subsequently shaped the company decisively. To emphasize is the strong commitment to the environmental Protection and against the causes of climate change, His achievements have been honored by many awards. The Decanter Magazine named him "Man of the Year" in 2002, the 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, vice-presidents are Juan M. Torres (* 1935) and Marimar Torres (* 1945). The fifth generation will be represented by Arnau Torres-Roselló, Mireia Torres-Maczassek, Cristina Torres and since 2012 General Manager Miguel Torres-Maczassek (* 1974). There are 1,300 employees 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 joyfulness, exceptional vinification methods and rigorous quality control out. Torres reinvests at least 95% of its profits every year to remain a self-financed company. The Miguel Torres Foundation supports projects to build schools and shelters for orphans at risk of social exclusion. Torres' focus on ecology led to launch the so-called Torres & Earth program in 2007 with the aim of reducing CO2 emissions by 30% per bottle by 2020 compared to 2008. The program includes renewable energy, eco-efficiency in transport, optimization of water consumption, adaptation measures in the vineyards and biodiversity including forest management and reforestation (Torres purchased nearly 6,000 hectares in Chilean Patagonia in 2018) and a Carbon Capture and Reuse (CCR) program. From 2008 to 2017, Torres invested over € 12 million in the Torres & Earth program , reducing its carbon footprint by 25.4% over the period (certified by Lloyd's).
The vineyards in Spain cover around 2,000 hectares, about half of them in the DO area Penedès, In addition, grapes are purchased. The winery is considered one of the most modern in the world and was the first in Catalonia to introduce stainless steel tanks. There are around 20,000 oak barrels for the expansion. There are over 50 autochthonous Cultivated varieties and experimented with it. Already from the mid-1980s on increased Organic (organic) viticulture set. The extensive assortment includes red wines, rosé wines and white wines as well as sparkling wines. The wines from the privileged individual layers are among the top wines in the world. These include Mas La Plana ( Cabernet Sauvignon ), Grans Muralles ( Monastrell. Garnacha Tinta, Carinaena / mazuelo, Garró / MANDON. Querol ), Reserva Real ( Bordeaux blend ), Perpetual (Cariñena, Garnacha Tinta), Milmanda ( Chardonnay ) as well as Fransola ( Sauvignon Blanc ).
Another important pillar is the production of spirits, The origin dates back to 1928, when Juan Torres Casals began to produce aromatic brandy matured in oak barrels. Only the best grapes from Penedès were used. Today, Juan Torres becomes 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 brandy, numbered and made by hand. Master distiller Matías Llobet, when he entered Torres in 1985, filled three Limousin oak barrels with the best brandy of the house and let them mature for 30 years.
The foreign activities began in 1979 with the founding of the winery Miguel Torres in Chile, In 1993 was in California the winery Marimar Estate put into operation. The winery Jean Leon (Penedès) was acquired in 1995, which is headed by Mireia Torres. In the same year the start took place in China with the joint venture Zhangjiakou Great Wall Torres Winery with a trial vineyard and a small winery. This partnership was terminated in 1997 and the wine import company Torres China (Shanghai Torres Wine Trading) was founded. More than 400 wines from 15 countries are imported and distributed.