a small wine cellar.
This is the story of how it all began, told in first person by Juan Robles: It was in the mid-thirties of the past century, on the threshold of difficult times that lighted the fateful and dreaded Spanish civil war, when I was born in Seville. My parents Pedro Robles and Laura Pérez, from Villalba del Alcor, had some small land inherited from my grandparents, which were worked, as was formerly customary, by the villagers. My father had set his aim at purchasing small plots of land with vineyards, in order to fully dedicate himself to the cultivation of the vine and the production of wine, which was such a boom at that time throughout the whole area of the County.
“The wine and musts of the County of Huelva used to have a great participation and importance."
Due to the great production of broths that were produced there, added Juan Robles, my father decided to install a tavern in Seville in the busy neighborhood of Puerta Osario, near the carriage house of the trams. There he sold since 1935 some of the musts, white wines and spirits that came from the winery of Villalba. Years later, my parents planned to open another winery in Seville's neighbourhood Puerta de la Carne, near the ancient Jewish quarter, and thus continue with the same procedure of selling wines from the land; but they did not materialize this plan, and thought of another most central place. At that time, there were other tendencies different from those of today, the wine and musts of the County of Huelva had a great participation and importance in the uses of that time.
“Since 1954, already on the street Alvarez Quintero, it can be said that he commanded the new wine cellar with a huge illusion”
When I turned 19, Juan Robles recalls with a fond feeling towards his father, as early as 1954, we opened next door to the cathedral what would be the definitive emblem of the current Casa Robles, a small wine cellar, where the wines from Villalba were also sold. Until then I had been formed in the business following my father’s advice and examples of work and behavior. And since 1954, already on the street Alvarez Quintero, it could be said that I commanded the new wine cellar with an enormous illusion.
“Now, with half a century of existence, Casa Robles constitutes a positive exponent of Sevillian and Andalusian cuisine.”
Thus viticulture has been left in the background to give way to the hospitality industry which, at that time, was not appreciated very much. Now, with half a century of existence, Casa Robles constitutes a positive exponent of Sevillian and Andalusian cuisine. Since its beginnings as a winery and bar, Juan Robles always aimed at rescuing, maintaining and projecting every area of our gastronomic culture. That is why Robles is synonymous with quality and service recognized and endorsed by many years of tradition in Seville.