Spain’s top women winemakers

Elena Adell


Campo Viejo’s chief winemaker, Elena Adell, was destined for a life in wine, having been born among the vines in Logroño. The granddaughter of a grape grower, she studied agricultural science then joined Campo Viejo in 1998, working her way up to the role of chief winemaker.

Her aim is to create interesting wines that showcase the vibrancy of Tempranillo. “I adore working with Tempranillo as it’s such a versatile grape. I love seeing the different ways it can express its character in a diverse range of wines,” she says.

“There’s always something new to learn in a creative career like winemaking. I’d love to never lose my curiosity about it.”

Who or what made you want to become a winemaker? Curiosity. I’m an agronomist. I love the vineyards and, in particular, that moment when all the work in the vineyard culminates in harvesting grapes. When I was little, I was curious about how grapes become wine and that feeling inspired me to study oenology. Curiosity still continues to inspire me up to this day.

How would you describe your winemaking style?                

I always strive to make the wine that people will enjoy drinking, ideally in the company of family and friends. That’s why I make wines with vibrant colours, full of aromas and with a soft, long finish. Our wines are easy to drink, so I hope that our consumers will feel like enjoying another glass.

What is the single wine you’re most proud of so far and why? I’m very proud of the white wines we make. They are a challenge because we are in Rioja, which is famous for high quality reds. So making whites from Viura, which evolve beautifully over time, is something that I’m extremely proud of.

Has it been tough getting to the top of a male-dominated industry? The road hasn’t been easy. Both men and women have to work hard to be recognised in the wine industry, but sometimes it does seem like women have to work harder for that.

Desert island wine: Benjamin Romeo Contador 2010.

8 Responses to “Spain’s top women winemakers”

  1. Jose Ruisanchez says:

    thanks and you should have mentioned Doña Maria of Montebello/Osborne, a true pathbreaker for the others

  2. Ana says:

    I am very happy when I see a woman leading wine projects with such a success. Congratulations!!

  3. Jacob says:

    Daphne Gloria is not spaniard, should not have been included. She is a US citizen born in Switzerland, making 1 wine in Spain, and selling spanish wines in the United States of America.

  4. Women should not be downgraded from mere housewife alone. Even a housewife is a hard job, it’s a 24/7 workout. Now with regards to winemaking, it doesn’t state in any book or any law that a woman cannot be a winemaker. If a woman is equipped with the knowledge of doing so then so be it. Whether winemaker, engineer, carpenter, driver or any hard our jobs, we should acknowledge equality whatever genre we are in.

  5. Woman should come in front of the society without minding all restrictions from the family and the society. This article really an inspiration for woman who want to break the wall of restrictions. waiting for more posts like this.

  6. Feeling very proud to hear this.A women can do any thing.Very glad to hear that a women can lead something and made a success.It will be very inspiring for the whole other women community.

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  8. chrisgail says:

    I want to say those women congratulation on their success.

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