José Manuel Rodríguez

Technical Manager at Arínzano

The winemaker at Arínzano is José Manuel Rodríguez. He arrived at the estate in 2015 as winemaker and now holds the position of Technical Director of Vineyards and Winery. Prior to joining the team at Arínzano, he was responsible for all winery and oenological operations at Numanthia Termes (LVMH Group) for six years. José Manuel earned an agricultural engineering degree specializing in oenology and then a Masters degree in oenology and viticulture at the Polytechnic University of Madrid.

José Manuel is originally from a small town near Toro in Spain, which is one of the most respected quality wine producing regions in the country. It is here that his passion for vines and winemaking has its roots. The son of a farmer and a wine grower, he can remember watching his grandfather make wine for their family.

In his years at Numanthia, José Manuel mastered the art of creating elegant, structured and powerful red wines. And he brings this expertise to Arínzano, to help craft the estates icon wines in particular. One of the most significant features of Arínzano is the fact that the Ega River cross the entire estate. This gives the land its very unique soils and microclimates – its terroir. This is a very significant contributor to the estate’s status as Vino de Pago. And thus the goal of winemaking at Arínzano, and José Manuel’s constant challenge, is how to best transmit this unique profile through the glass for the world to enjoy.

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