My name is Rubén, Carlos Rubén, winemaker in Spain and my favourite grape is the Garnacha. I love all the facets of this unique grape variety, which exists in white, grey and red. It offers plenty of options, which is exactly the feature that my good friend Mark, the high-spirited founder of Master Winemakers, used to challenge me. To follow the Garnacha trail across Spain and make beautiful wines, originating from a wide range of terroirs. Mark has dubbed me La Voz de la Garnacha, and it is quite a challenge to live up to such a title, but I immediately felt like giving it my best shot.
Master Winemakers was founded in the magical year 2000, based on the, at the time, renewing idea to make wine tailored to the consumer’s wishes. To have control over every aspect of the wine, from the grape to the end product, including the design and the pre-established price, in consultation with the client. To work with indigenous grape varieties in their terroirs of origin. To not exclude the most peculiar blend, even if it doesn’t follow the rules, because creativity should never be curtailed. You do not receive stars for the ingredients but for the dish!
Garnacha is the most grown grape variety in Spain and is also very common in the French regions near the Mediterranean Sea. Its origins appear to be Spanish, although that could be related to the time when Sardinia was part of Aragon’s territory (1300-1700). In Sardinia, Garnacha is known as Cannonau.