Noelia Callejo, 1982 Winemaker.

noelia.callejo@bodegasfelixcallejo.com

 

Graduated in Œnology at the University of Rovira i Virgili and qualified as an Agricultural Technical Engineer at the University of Valladolid.

I’ve made wine in other parts of the world, such as at Araujo, California in 2010 and 2007 and at Viña Cobos, in Argentina in 2008.

 

I’m the youngest of the five brothers and sisters. When my father built the winery I was just 6 years old, so I actually grew up playing among the vats and barrels. After finishing University, I decided I wanted the experience of vinifying in other wineries and put into practice the latest wine-making techniques. The New World offered me that opportunity, and I was able to make wine there without thinking about past traditions or prestigious estates. It was a great chance to embrace the trends of the present-day and apply them without complexes.

My first stop was the Napa Valley in California. I spent the 2007 harvest working for Matt Taylor at Araujo Estate, a tiny winery that produces organic and biodynamic wines. This was the best move I made and it unquestionably changed my view of vine-growing. In 2008 I travelled to Mendoza in Argentina where I worked at Viña Cobos, a project set up by Paul Hobbs. This was another great experience for me.

After completing the 2008 and 2009 vintages in Ribera del Duero, I decided to go back to Araujo Estate in 2010. Staying there 6 months, I perfected my knowledge of applied biodynamics not just in the vineyard, but also in wine-making.

Currently I’m second-in-charge of the wine-making, working alongside my brother Felix, the main winemaker at Bodegas Félix Callejo.

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