You will agree with me that women are taking over the once-male dominated fields. Just recently, Almudena Alberca became the first female Spanish master of wine. She was accorded the title after exhibiting exemplary performance in the Spanish cellars world.
She holds degrees in agricultural technical engineering and oenology and masters in viticulture. Alberca notes that her title shows that women are gaining visibility in the industry. She adds that it has given her an opportunity to be able to promote Spanish wines in global forums. She will work on communicating about Spain’s diverse grape varieties and favorable organic climate for grape farming. This will help in selling the wine, increasing its value from the vineyard to glass.
Currently, Fernando Mora MW, Andreas Kubach MW, Pedro Ballesteros MW, and Almudena Alberca MW hold the Master of Wine title in Spain.
Almudena Alberca’s career began at Vinas de Cent-Zamora in Spain where she started as an assistant winemaker and was promoted to managing the whole winery. Alberca has also worked at Atalayas de Goldan and Dominio de Atauta, her wine receiving outstanding scores from The Wine Inspector and The Wine Advocate. She has applied her knowledge in oenology to work as a consultant to Aviva Vino, New York, an American wine importer in the selection and preparation of Spanish wines distributed in the US.
In 2004, Vina Mayor named Almudena Alberca as their technical director where she worked to transform the winery. She revamped the winery’s traditional line, created, designed and launched eight wines as well as elaborating wines in new designations such as RiasBiaxas and Valdeorras.
She was the driving force towards the winery getting the Climate Protection Wineries Seal a first in Ribera del Duero. This certification aims at reduction of waste and greenhouse gases, energy efficiency and improving water management.