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Norrel Robertson MW

Norrel Robertson MW

Became an MW 2000

Based in Spain

Languages English, Spanish


Norrel has been living in Calatayud, northeastern Spain, since 2003 where he produces wine at his family company El Escocés Volante. Norrel was born and raised in Scotland and, since graduating from Aberdeen University with an MA Honours degree in Politics and International Relations in 1991, has worked in the wine industry, carrying out roles in sales, buying and product development. In the 1990´s, Norrel decided to pursue a career in winemaking and went on to work vintages in Chianti in Italy, Portugal, Australia, France and Chile. Norrel became a Master of Wine in November 2000, winning the Robert Mondavi Award for the best overall theory performance in the exam. In 2003 Norrel obtained, with distinction, the Postgraduate Diploma in Viticulture and Oenology from Lincoln University in Christchurch, New Zealand. Norrel now produces highly rated wines from his 40 hectare estate of mainly Old Vine Garnacha vineyards at high altitude in Aragon. He also consults to other wineries in Spain and around the world. Norrel was invested into the Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino in 2020 for his outstanding achievement in the advancement of quality wines from Spain in the United Kingdom.

Primary area(s) of work: Wine production

Industry sector(s): Business owner, Consultant, Educator, Import/Export, Technology, Viticulture, Wine business strategy, Wine judge, Winemaking, Winery operations

Wine styles: Albariño, Dry wines, Still red, Still rosé, Still white, Still wines

Wine region expertise: Albariño, Chile, France, Galicia, Jerez, Penedes, Priorat, Ribera del Duero, Rioja, Spain

Market expertise: Asia, Europe, Spain, United Kingdom

Specialisms: Acquisition of vineyards, Cultivation of the vine, Establishment of vineyards, Harvesting of grapes, Life cycle of the vine, Regenerative, Structure and composition of grapes, Sustainability, Fermentation, Maturation and blending, Stabilisation and clarification, Processing of grapes, Whole cluster fermentation, Blending, Bottling, Elevage / maturation, Preparation of finished wine for bottling, Quality assurance and control, Sensory evaluation , Wine judging