Jerome Bougnaud is in the fourth generation of a family of winegrowers from the Cognac region in France. Despite his roots and formal training in France, he has made a name for himself in Spain where he’s worked closely with Peter Sisseck at Quinta Sardonia and Pingus as well as El Regajal in the D.O. of Vinos de Madrid. A true vigneron at heart, he is equally comfortable in the vineyards as well as the cellar. His years of experience in the Duero led to the creation of Galia in 2009 – a personal project he formed with the technical director of El Regajal, Daniel Garcia Pita.
The foundation of Galia is a collection of vineyards along the Duero in the provinces of Soria, Burgos and Valladolid. These are old vineyards ranging in elevation from 795 to close to 1000 meters above sea level. Because these scattered plots were chosen for their potential, rather than their geographic proximity, Galia is bottled as a Vino de Mesa. Many of these sites were located outside the borders of established D.O.s, so might have been lost to future generations had Jerome not decided to utilise them for his project.