Spanish superstar winemaker who makes some seriously classy wines
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Leading consultant winemaker, Carlos works all over Spain. Getting paid to tell other people how to make their wines taste amazing.
Now, with the help of Angel funding, Carlos is making his own wines. Exclusively for us!
And, using his insider knowledge, Carlos has been able to select the best grapes Spain has to offer. Something most winemakers can only dream of doing.
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Carlos Rodriguez's Story
"I was born in 1976 in a small rural village in Navarra (north of Spain, where the bulls run on the street in Sanfermin festival). For me the way of living close to the Nature and working in agriculture has always been something usual as it was for my forbears. One of the most important agronomic productions in my village is wine plant nursery, I have worked many hours on this job ( as my father and my grandfather used to do it) grafting, planting and tending to the vines.
I was a good boy studying and with 18 years I started Agronomic Engineering in the Public University of Navarra. When I finished I went to study to Italy (in Udine, Friuli-Venezia-Giulia). I studied one year of viticulture and enology in 2000-2001. When I came back, I started to work with an Italian company as technical supporter for their Spanish market (wine plant nursery as my first steps on viticulture!) and with a winery in La Rioja and I also started to study enology in Logroño (La Rioja, Spain). After 2 years I finished with the Prize for the best academic record in 2004. I’m still involved with the University doing my Thesis Research about saving old wine varieties, studying them to keep genetic resources but as I also like to understand it “keeping old aromas and flavors”. I started my Thesis Research on 2004 summer and I hope to finish it on 2011 (even if I’ll continue studying this new-old varieties and making wines with them in the future).
I have developed my career as freelance winemaker and I work with some small wineries when they can’t afford a “full time” winemaker. I’m still working with the Italian wine plant nursery and I’m also trying to develop some personal projects, always around grapes and wines, of course (is there anything else?.......not for me!)
Really, one of nicest things as winemaker for me is that the viticulture and winemaking give me the possibility to have a creative job where you close the production circle, in the sense that on this job I take care of planting, growing,…but I also see people enjoying my wines, I love this.
Another very nice thing is that it isn’t a work, it’s a way of living. Everyday something happens in the fields, with the weather, on the wine,… It’s easy to fall in love of this job because it becomes part of your usual life."
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In our humble opinion (and there are many who would disagree) fine wines are not NECESSARILY:
From classic regions like Bordeaux and Burgundy. Other less well known regions are capable of producing wines that blind taste tests rate as equivalent or even better than the classic regions.
Estate Wines. Many expensive wines source most of their grapes from independent growers.
In September 2013, we launched a Fine Wine Bond where we raised £5 million to invest in the 'top-end' stuff.
So we're well armed to take on the fine wine market with a bang - and our range of fine wines will be increasing over the next few months / years!
The bond offer is now closed, but we might run another issue in the future if there's enough interest…
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