Franck Massard was ranked the Best Sommelier in the U.K. in 1996 and most recently, the 2013 Naked Winemaker of the Year, a highly coveted award by nakedwines.com
In 2004, Franck acquired a vineyard in Spain’s Priorat region and from there, began the journey and dream of creating wines with a real sense of place from lesser known regions like Ribeira Sacra, Terra Alta, and Valdeorras.
He sought out vineyards in marginal climates where the vines ripen slowly from century-old vines, some of which had been abandoned due to the excessively low yields however these same vines were producing fruit of outstanding quality.
Telmo Rodriguez is one of Spain’s pioneer winemakers, advocating native grape varietals tied to the climates and conditions of their sites, and making world-class wines from undiscovered as well as known regions. Perhaps most impressive, while Telmo Rodriguez makes rare and limited wines of astonishing character and quality, his everyday wines have been equally praised, and widely recognized for the tremendous value they offer.
Telmo was among the first to make significant wines in Toro, Rueda, Valdeorras, Malaga, Alicante and Cigales. In these areas he uses native varietals, often grapes rediscovered such as Godello, Verdejo, Moscatel and Monastrell which do not have wide recognition. With other classically recognized varietals such Tempranillo, Garnacha and Carignan, he works with vines that are indigenous and reflect the character of their particular site. As a result, Telmo has been one of the leaders of the quality revolution with these varietals in up and coming areas such as Toro, as well as in the traditional areas of Rioja and Ribera del Duero.