Spain’s top women winemakers

María Vargas

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As chief winemaker of Marqués de Murrieta, María Vargas is at the helm of one of Rioja’s most prestigious estates, and not only makes outrageously good red Castillo Ygay; one of the few Spanish wines to have serious clout at auction, Vargas is also one of the most talented white wine makers in the region.

She makes both a beguiling barrel-fermented Viura called Capellanía and Castillo Ygay Gran Blanco Reserva Especial, which spends 252 months in oak, five-and-a-half years in concrete and a further three in bottle before release.

“It has everything that I look for in a wine: fruit complexity, elegance, length, and a mixture of power and finesse influenced by the passage of time,” she says.

Who or what made you want to become a winemaker? Since I my childhood I knew I wanted to dedicate myself professionally to something related to living things. When I became an adult I knew that oenology and viticulture would be my life and I focused my studies in those areas.

How would you describe your winemaking style? My style has been influenced by a wine that has over 100 years of history and international recognition.

At Marqués de Murrieta, the most important feature is the Ygay estate. With 300 hectares, we have an outstanding array of indigenous grape varieties and a rich diversity of different soils, exposures and altitudes – the gems being our single vineyards.

Has it been tough getting to the top of a male dominated industry? Not at all. In fact I believe it is a sector where there is an increasing female presence with increasing recognition.

What is the most exciting aspect of the Spanish wine industry at the moment? There are several very interesting projects in different areas and regions across Spain, all of which seek to highlight their own uniqueness. We are incredibly lucky to have such diversity in Spain, which is something we’re very proud of.

Desert island wine: Castillo Ygay Blanco Gran Reserva Espacial 1950.

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!!
    Ana

  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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