Almudena Alberca MW
Became an MW 2018
Based in Spain
Languages English, Spanish
Home country: Spain
Almudena Alberca is the first woman in Spain to achieve the title of Master of Wine. After graduating in agriculture engineering, she continued her studies gaining a degree in oenology and a master in viticulture. Her first harvest was in New Zealand at Vidal Estate, part of the Villa Maria group. Since then she has travelled extensively through wine producing regions worldwide. Almudena began her career producing boutique wines in Viñas de Cenit, in Zamora, Spain, where she went from assistant winemaker to managing the entire winery. She worked at Dominio de Atauta in Ribera del Duero where she played an integral role in shaping their wine styles and achieving international success. During this time, she was also the Spanish specialist for importer AvivaVino in New York, selecting and blending wines for this market. Almudena has been the technical director at Viña Mayor since 2015, one of Spain's large-volume players in Ribera del Duero, Rueda and Toro. She is also responsible for developing new brands and wines in regions like Rías Baixas and Valdeorras and is involved with PR, marketing and sales both in Spain and abroad.
Since January 2021 spanish brand ambassador for the wine investment company Oeno.
Primary area(s) of work: Wine production, Communication
Industry sector(s): Viticulture, Winemaking, QA/QC, Marketing, Educator, Consultant, Wine judge
Wine styles: Natural, Champagne, Cava, Sherry, Still white, Still red, Still wines, Dry wines
Wine region expertise: Argentina, Chile, Georgia, Hawke's Bay, New Zealand, Champagne, Rioja, Ribera del Duero, Galicia, Navarra, Spain, Jerez, Sicily, Douro
Market expertise: Europe, North America, United Kingdom, China, Scandinavia, Spain
Specialisms: Life cycle of the vine, Factors affecting grape growing, Cultivation of the vine, Structure and composition of grapes, Harvesting of grapes, Biodynamics, Organic viticulture, Processing of grapes, Fermentation, Maturation and blending, Stabilisation and clarification, Production of sparkling wines, Production of fortified wines, Economics of wine production, Wine styling, Winery design and construction, Elevage / maturation, Blending, Preparation of finished wine for bottling, Packing and labelling, Quality assurance and control, Bulk shipment, Bottling, Supply chain efficiency, Sensory evaluation , Marketing wine, Identifying and meeting consumer demand, Events, Food and wine pairing, Restaurant wines, Wine tourism, Branding, Education, Wine judging