Anne's family vineyard is one of the last of its kindRead more
Rodolfo Valiente is a fourth-generation winemaker from a long line of grape-growers, distillers and winemakers. With winemaking in his blood, he had an itch to be in the vineyard, so it was no surprise when he ditched is big city lawyer job to follow his dream.
Despite his family's connections, he took himself on a mission to learn the trade, spending vintages in Spain and California understanding the process, from tending to the vines to bottling the wines. In 1999, armed with a wealth of wine knowledge, his transfer from the corporate world to sun-drenched vineyards was complete and Rodolfo made his first commercial wine from the family's vineyard.
The Valencian Association of Winemakers appointed Rodolfo as their 'Winemaker of the Year' in 2017 for his concentrated but elegant, mature but fresh organic wines.
Born and raised in the rugged Priorat region of Catalonia, to an English dad and French mum, Luca got a winemaking Master’s degree in Bordeaux, where he lived in the middle of St Emilion. He’s since made wines on 3 continents, and speaks 5 languages fluently.
Over the years, Luca realised he had to unlearn a lot of stuff from wine school. Like using artificial additives, pesticides, man-made irrigation and fertilizers. He believes vineyards are like people. If left to nature, they have personalities that shine through in their wines.
To Luca, wine is the most social product man has ever made, pure emotion in a glass. A mirror of the soils and location it springs from. It brings our senses down to earth. With Naked funding behind him, he’ll be able to focus 100% on what he’s best at, making his old-vine Chilean classics taste as delicious as possible.
Despite Stefan having the wealth of 370 years of family winemaking experience and tradition available to him, he’s determined to reinvent himself and find his own unbeaten path.
Calling himself a wine grower and not a winemaker, Stefan believes it’s what happens when the grapes are on the vine that sets up his wines to be special.
Using the unique microclimate of Austria to his advantage, and a lot of gut decision making, Stefan's dream is to carry on the family motto of getting the highest quality with no strings attached but while adapting to all the current challenges faced by so many winemakers.