Maverick Scotsman on a mission to save the precious old vines of North East Spain
- Maverick winemaker Norrel Robertson is the wine world's Flying Scotsman. He's a Master of Wine - so he seriously knows his stuff!
- Norrel fell in love with some immaculate old Garnacha vineyards in North East Spain... and his scrum-diddly-umptious wines are the result.
- Savvy customers bought most of Norrel's wines in advance using our unique MarketPlace and made a huge saving - be sure to review them if you'd like to see them as a permanent listing!
Norrel Robertson's Story
Norrel Robertson's Story
I have been making wine in Spain for over 10 years and I am currently the only Master of Wine living and working in Spain! I became a Master of Wine in November 2000.
In 2002-2003 I studied the Postgraduate Viticulture and Oenology course at Lincoln University in Christchurch, New Zealand, obtaining my postgraduate qualification with distinction.
In 2003, I moved to Spain as Winemaker for International Wine Services and quickly fell in love with the old Garnacha vineyards in the area of Calatayud and Campo de Borja, Aragon and decided to start making my own wines.
My company - EL ESCOCÉS VOLANTE SL (The Flying Scotsman) took off and I now currently produce many award winning wines made from very specially selected vineyards at high altitude in Aragon, Spain and I also have winemaking projects in Murcia, Andalucia and Galicia.
My love for wine started via a part time job in Oddbins whilst studying politics at University. After running a Fine Wine store in Edinburgh and a brief stint selling En Primeurs in London, I moved to a buying position with Scottish & Newcastle. Whilst starting my MW studies, I worked harvest in Chianti Classico (Tenuta di Arceno) and my dream of making wine took flight. I subsequently decided to learn how to make wine from the cellar up and travelled with vintage stints in Portugal (Esporao in Alentejo and Quinta de la Rosa in Douro), Adelaide Hills (Nepenthe), Loire Valley (Vinival) and South America (2001 Maule Valley and 2003 Casablanca Valley with Jorge Coderche and Michel Laroche) before studying in New Zealand.
Currently I rent space in two wineries in Aragon but my dream is to keep on buying machinery and grapes so that I can keep my business blossoming and ultimately set up my own winery.
I really hope you enjoy my wines from Northern Spain - I'm looking forward to hearing what you all think!"
Norrel 's Archangels
I joined in 2015 and my only regret is not finding Naked sooner