Top 10 winemakers to watch in Spain

Passing the torch is a sacred act – never more so than between winemakers. Here, Lucy Shaw meets the vignerons taking the reins from Spain’s famous figures.

Mariano-and-Eduardo-GarciaSpain is arguably one of the most exciting wine countries in the world and home to a dizzying array of styles at all price points. From mineral-rich whites made in the rain-soaked north to treacle- thick Pedro Ximénez from sun-drenched Jerez, Spain is hard to beat in terms of diversity.

While daring young vignerons are now commonplace in the country, a handful of pioneering winemakers can be credited for their pivotal role in putting their respective regions on the map, from sandy-haired Dane Peter Sisseck in Ribera del Duero via his overnight success, Pingus, and Alvaro Palacios, who arrived in Priorat in the late ‘80s with dreams of reviving the region to its former glory, to enfant terrible Telmo Rodriguez, who boasts no less than 10 winemaking projects under his belt but is most closely associated with his effort to breathe life back into Rioja’s sleepy old vine villages.

Keen to find out who are nipping at their coat tails, we’ve asked each of our five winemaking pioneers to nominate a winemaker to watch in their respective region who is doing a sterling job in maintaining the health of some of Spain’s most sacred vineyard sites for the next generation to inherit.

One Response to “Top 10 winemakers to watch in Spain”

  1. nate houston says:

    How is Raul Perez not a part of this list???? Or Alberto Orte???

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