The first written records about winemaking in this region date back to 1203 and were founded in the Monastery of Veruela. The monks had an essential role in the development of winegrowing and winemaking in the region. In the 19th century, private wineries in the foothills surrounding Veruela began to emerge and in the 1950´s economic difficulties pushed small producers to join their forces and six co-operatives emerge, which nowadays comprise most of the D.O. Their origins go back to 1958, the year the Cooperative of Borja was founded. This is where Borsao originated as a brand. Some years later, the co-operatives of Pozuelo and Tabuenca joined Borja, adding their resources and –most importantly- their vineyards. This happened in the year 2001, and the new company, Bodegas Borsao S.A., was established as a limited company.
The Borsao winery is world renowned and respected. One of its leading proponents is Robert Parker, a famous critic on the wine scene. The 2011 vintage of Borsao Tinto Selección was made, in the words of Robert Parker, to be “Possibly the single greatest dry red wine value in the world, this is an unbelievable wine”. Wine Advocate. Issue #203. In 2014 the Borsao winery was also considered by Parker as one of the most prized wineries of the year. (Source: Decántalo)