Top 10 winemakers to watch in Spain

JEREZ

MASTER: ANTONIO FLORES

Antonio-FloresAs synonymous with Sherry as Santa Claus is with Christmas, Antonio Flores was destined for a life in wine, having been born above the cellar where the first Tio Pepe solera was laid.

Flores’ father worked for González Byass and lived at the bodega with his family, meaning the young Antonio grew up playing among the barrels and learning the tricks of the trade from his dad.

Starting his professional life as a cellar hand, Flores soon rose through the ranks and became part of GB’s winemaking team. In 1980 he was promoted to chief winemaker and master blender, a position he holds to this day.

Guardian to over 3,000 casks of vintage Sherry dating back to 1834, Flores tastes samples from each barrel in the bodega every three months to ensure quality.

“When you drink a glass of Sherry, you are not only enjoying a great wine, but an oenological miracle based on soils, grape varieties and an ageing system unique to Jerez, coupled with knowledge that has been passed down through generations,” says Flores.

Flores has pioneered innovation at González Byass and is responsible for the creation of Tio Pepe Fino En Rama, an unfiltered version of the Sherry, which ignited a trend for the “raw” style throughout the region. This year, Flores played a pivotal role in the release of six rare vintages of palo cortado and oloroso dating back to 1967, which went on sale at Selfridges and The Connaught hotel in Mayfair.

“Being able to show the uniqueness of each solera and take consumers an immersive journey through the bodega is a special thing,” says Flores, who is more than keen to help a younger generation of consumers discover Sherry’s variety of styles.

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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