Codorníu Raventós appoints new chief winemaker

02 August, 2016

The Codorníu Raventós group has made Diego Pinilla its new chief winemaker.

The former manager of Bodegas Bilbaínas will now steer the winemaking project of the 10 wineries in the Codorníu Raventós group.

The company says the corporate strategy in recent years has been to consolidate the Codorníu Raventós group’s positioning on the frontline of premium winemaking, establishing guidelines for innovation and research and classifying vineyards with a view to making terroir wines, while guaranteeing the global connection between the market and the company’s wineries.

Pinilla will be in charge of coordinating the transfer of know how between each of the wineries (Codorníu, Raimat, Bodegas Bilbaínas, Scala Dei, Legaris, Abadía de Poblet, Artesa, Septima, Bach and Nuviana).

Pinilla has has been technical manager of Bodegas Bilbaínas since 2007. The company says under his management Viña Pomal, Viña Zaco and La Vicalanda became frontline brands in the market. One if his big achievements is said to have been to undertake a study of the different terroirs of Bilbaínas and to launch a premium range and estate wines. The most well known are: Alto de la Caseta, the Vinos Singulares de Viña Pomal collection, and the recent Viña Pomal blanc de noirs cava.

The winery’s technical management will be taken over by Alejandro López, who was winemaker at Bilbaínas. López joined the Haro winery in 2010. He has worked in the US, Italy and Chile and has done 15 harvests.

Arthur O´Connor, who was the group’s chief winemaker, will become winemaking consultant for the company, taking on the post of ‘Emeritus Winemaker’. O´Connor will be based in the US.

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