Juan de la Cruz, 1. 20302 Irun. Gipuzkoa (+34) 943 66 04 00 Monday to Friday: 10:00 - 13:30 / 15:30 - 19:00 | Saturdays: 9:00 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.

History

The origins of Vinoteca Mendibil date back to 1894, when our paternal great-grandfather, Martín Gaztelumendi, opened a wine shop in Irun’s Calle Mayor.

In the 30’s, his daughter, Pilar Gaztelumendi, took over the company, moving it to the Calle Iglesia. The wine business received a new boost in the late 50’s when her son Martín joined the business, continuing the saga.

In 2001, Casa Gaztelumendi was extensively modernised by the fourth generation of the family. That year, Iñaki Solbes founded Vinoteca Mendibil, joining forces with another great expert in fine wines, Miguel Salas. From then on the business diversified and expanded, giving rise to today’s innovative, modern company.

This history steeped in wine also has a second family branch. Our maternal great-grandfather, Alejo Lépine, who moved in the 19th century from Bordeaux to Logroño, where he founded Bodegas Franco Españolas. Lépine created the famous Diamante wine, the original formula of which is still with the family today.

1894
1900
The 20’s
The 30’s
1936
1937
1938
The 50’s
The 60’s
1986
The 90’s
2001
2006
2014
2018
Today

1894

Martín Gaztelumendi Aramburu opens a wine merchant in Irun, Casa Gaztelumendi.

1900

Casa Gaztelumendi is situated at no. 8 of the Calle Mayor in Irun. This was a hugely important connection between Madrid and Paris in the early 20th century.

The 20’s

The business expands, opening other retail outlets in Irun and Hondarribia, while the company also starts bottling its own beverages, such as wine and cider.

The 30’s

Casa Gaztelumendi becomes a reference in the Basque wine-selling trade.

1936

The Casa Gaztelumendi building is destroyed during the Civil War.

1937

On the death of Martín Gaztelumendi, his daughter Pilar takes up the reins of the business.

1938

Casa Gaztelumendi reopens in Irun’s Calle Iglesia, beneath the Fonda Arrupe boarding house.

The 50’s

Martín Solbes Gaztelumendi takes over from his mother, Pilar. An image of Martín Solbes can be seen on the top left-hand side of the company vehicle.

The 60’s

The shop opens in Calle República Argentina.

1986

Iñaki Solbes Ponte takes over as director of the business, now located in Calle República Argentina in the centre of Irun.

The 90’s

Iñaki’s sisters Nerea and María join the family business.

2001

Miguel Salas becomes a partner of the business, which gains in strength with its move to Calle Juan de la Cruz and a new name: Vinoteca Mendibil.

2006

Vinoteca Mendibil occupies other premises in Calle Juan de la Cruz.

2014

Vinoteca Mendibil expands its facilities to the Zaisa logistics centre in Irun, where it opens a warehouse and offices.

2018

The Vinoteca Mendibil departments grow in size with the incorporation of more people into its work team.

Today

Mendibil is now one of the best wine merchants in the Basque Country, selling more than 3,000 wines, spirits, liquors and select products.
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