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La Gran Señorita Nuria: A Winemaker Is Born

The art and science of winemaking runs deep in Nuria Solazabal Dueñas’ blood.

Hailing from the Rioja region of Spain, which is famous for its great wines, Nuria was raised on a wine estate. In 2005, she got her masters in Viticulture and Enology, and shortly thereafter, she joined WFE as a trainee at V. Sattui Winery.

Nuria began her internship at V. Sattui Winery during crush season where her responsibilities included barreling, lab work, additions to wines, and chemistry-related tasks. She enjoyed her Worldwide Farmers Exchange experience and felt the skills that she learned would prove useful in her winemaking career.

Nuria Solazabal Dueñas (left) and Worldwide Farmers Exchange staffer Ashley Medulan (right) in the cellar at V. Sattui Winery. The cave and subterranean cellars provide ideal aging conditions for wines, with year-round, stable temperatures of 58-60 degrees Fahrenheit (14-16 degrees Celsius) and naturally high humidity of 80%. The barrels are “nested” on runners in the traditional manner of many fine French chateaux and the castles of Italy.
Nuria Solazabal Dueñas (left) and Worldwide Farmers Exchange staffer Ashley Medulan (right) in the cellar at V. Sattui Winery. The cave and subterranean cellars provide ideal aging conditions for wines, with year-round, stable temperatures of 58-60 degrees Fahrenheit (14-16 degrees Celsius) and naturally high humidity of 80%. The barrels are “nested” on runners in the traditional manner of many fine French chateaux and the castles of Italy.

More About V. Sattui Winery

Founded in 1885 by Italian immigrant and pioneer vintner Vittorio Sattui, V. Sattui Winery is located in the heart of California’s Napa Valley and has been delighting consumers with award-winning wines for more than 125 years. The family-owned company’s winemaking philosophy is simple: “great wine is made in the vineyard.” With that idea in mind, V. Sattui’s approach to wine making centers on optimizing the intensity of flavor and varietal characteristics of its grapes. In the winery, the company combines traditional winemaking methods with technologically advanced winemaking equipment and techniques.

V. Sattui’s winemaking philosophy is simple: “great wine is made in the vineyard.” With grapes like these, it is easy to see why the winery was named “2013 Winemaker of the Year” at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, America’s largest international wine competition.
V. Sattui’s winemaking philosophy is simple: “great wine is made in the vineyard.” With grapes like these, it is easy to see why the winery was named “2013 Winemaker of the Year” at the San Francisco International Wine Competition, America’s largest international wine competition.
A born winemaker: Nuria Solazabal Dueñas comes from the Rioja region of Spain, which is famous for its wines.
A born winemaker: Nuria Solazabal Dueñas comes from the Rioja region of Spain, which is famous for its wines.