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Dagon Winery is partly an inherited tradition. As a family company has got its own history within the history of the villages where our wines are made.

One of the family branches has lived traditionally in Venta del Moro, a village whose first tribes were devoted to shepherding. Later on Phenician people settled mainly in two villages, Hiere, nowadays called Jaraguas and famous for its salt mines, and Dog, devoted (as many other Mediterranean cities) to the Sacred Human Fish, God Dagon, patron saint for both Phenician and Sirian fishermen and farmers.

Years after the area was settled by Alani, Suevian people, Barbarians and Visigoths until 711, being the area a great crossroad, a magnificent place for inns and guest houses or ventas, the Spanish word from which probably the town Venta del Moro takes its name from. At that time Venta del Moro was a village under the official jurisdiction of Requena, but it became a municipality its own in 1836.

The second branch in the family, which came from Los Pedriches, earned its living with agriculture and making honey. There are still remains of an ancient inn and a family wine cellar with underground deposits carved by hand and some large earthen vats from that time. Nowadays the cellars of Dagon Winery are in Los Pedriches, halfway between Venta del Moro and Los Marcos, next to the vines which make possible these wines in a very limited production.

Miguel Jesús Márquez Sahuquillo

He was born in a family which earned their livinf with farming and making honey, being known around the area as “the honey-makers” After taking a Degree in Enology in Requena (Spain) he travelled and worked in France, being a student in The University of Franche-comte-Besançon. He worked as an apprentice in Pierre Overnoi’s winery where he learnt to elaborate natural wine, such as the well-known and exclusive yellow wine in the Jura area (Arboix, France). IN 1989 he decided to retake his family plots and he elaborates his first natural wine in 1990, free of chemical products. It’s the very first genuine wine in Dagon Winery, the very first expression in a natural environment where his ancestors had already made wine.