Top 10 winemakers to watch in Spain

APPRENTICE: PEDRO BALDA

Pedro-BaldaNominated by Telmo Rodriguez for unbridled passion and desire to do everything by hand, 32-year-old Pedro Balda works in a tiny plot in Rioja Alta.

Born under a vine in the village of San Vicente de la Sonsierra, Balda hails from a long line of grape growers and takes a natural approach to winemaking, having been inspired to do so after an eye-opening trip to New Zealand.

“It was the opposite of what I’d learnt at university, but I’ve always been keen to explore new ways of thinking,” he says of his zero sulphur approach, adding, “We only need grapes to make wine – the industry seems to have forgotten this.”

Balda makes his two wines from a 0.5 hectare plot in San Vicente originally planted by his grandfather, producing 1,000 bottles a year.

“We have to go back to our roots and reflect the weather of the year in the bottle. Winemaking techniques strip a wine of its spirit,” says Balda, who is currently experimenting with single varietal Maturana and Turruntés.

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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