In 1994, Santiago López realized his dream of creating his own winery. The dream started many years before in the 1930’s with Santiago’s father Santiago Sr., arriving in the Ribera del Duero area from Santander to start a successful farm, where the winery is now founded.
In the 1980’s Santiago Jr.’s initial contact with viticulture coincided with the appellation designation of Ribera del Duero. After several years of selling his grapes to other wineries, his longing to make his own wine was realized, thus creating López Cristóbal. The name López Cristóbal is a union of two last names, his wife Lola Cristóbal and Santiago López.