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She's a bright new winemaking light taking Verdejo from strength to exciting strength
- Rueda has been host to some of Spain's favourite vineyards since the 10th century - established it may be, but pretentious and fusty it certainly ain't. Reyes is one of a handful of the bright young winemaking lights who've made Rueda a name that every self-respecting Spanish wine drinker knows and loves.
- Reyes has been working in Rueda for a decade and has dedicated herself to making refreshing, versatile wines with the regions native Verdejo grape at their heart.
- Over the last 30 years Verdejo has seen a huge revival all over Spain thanks to winemakers like Reyes who are working to give this unsung hero the platform it deserves. These are fresh and lively wines made from exceptionally high quality old vines, using ingenious and enterprising new techniques.
Reyes Martinez-Sagarra's Story
I've been working at Rueda for 10 years, and I think Verdejo has a lot to contribute to the great white wines of the world. Every year that passes I learn something new about its potential and that makes me proud.
In my home, wine is almost like another member of the family. We love discovering and tasting new wines. I've found it to be a very interesting, beautiful and ever expanding world where there is much to learn.
I've been working in the world of wine for 12 years and I have loved every day of it. It is very versatile and every year is different. Controlling the production, and the process from the vineyard to its sale, is exciting to me. There are many joys and sorrows, especially in vintage. So much can change depending on the weather but one tradition we’ve kept up vintage on vintage is to crush the very first grapes brought in by new winegrowers by foot. In Spain we call it "lagarejo".
I think our soils make our wines different. I adore Verdejo and its versatility, but I think that a Verdejo with lees work is where we can best appreciate its purity.
I joined in 2015 and my only regret is not finding Naked sooner