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Meet The Young, Bad-Ass Female Winemaker Ushering The New Era Of Spanish Wine

12 October
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2017-10-12 00:00:00

Meet The Young, Bad-Ass Female Winemaker Ushering The New Era Of Spanish Wine

“Sometimes, it’s a battle here.”

I first met 31-year-old winemaker Sara Bañuelos a few days into a press trip to several wineries in the Ribera Del Duero and Rueda districts of northern Spain. By that point, I’d met with many winemakers who all relatively looked the same — males in their 40s and 50s with a bit of scruff.

The few female winemakers I did meet during the trip, women like Camino Pardo Alvarez of Bodegas Nexus, María Luisa Cuevas of Ferratus and María Pinacho of Bodegas Marqués de Velilla were inspiring in their own right. They were all bad asses with decades of wine experience who managed to make way for themselves in a male-dominated industry. However, it’s Bañuelos who’s ushering in the female-forward future of Spanish wine — as general manager of Bodegas Ramón Bilbao.

While I looked on, the bold oenologist commanded the wine tasting room, explaining to a group of 20 the company’s nearly century-long history, achievements, and current plans. At 31, Bañuelos didn’t grow up thinking she would one day lead an award-winning winery, but it may have been written in the stars for the young winemaker.

“I didn’t know I would go into the wine industry, despite wine being in my blood,” she told me, following a delicious lunch. “But my family is from Rioja, which is a premier wine region. Maybe I should have known.”

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