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Meet the Winemaker
Eduardo Hernaiz
Bodegas La Emperatriz , Spain

Eduardo Hernaiz was born in Cenicero, in Rioja Alta, where his family have owned vineyards for several generations. It wasn’t until after his studies in Madrid where he pursued Business Administration that Eduardo got involved in wine. In 1996 Eduardo’s father purchased Finca la Emperatriz - at the time an estate which was not fulfilling its true potential - low production, poorly maintain vines in an area which was difficult to grow vines successfully. Undeterred Eduardo set about Finca La Emperatriz’ great transformation. From building a modern winery, to understanding the different terroirs on this estate and soon it became clear to Eduardo that Finca La Emperatriz was an estate capable of great things. Within a relatively short space of time, under Eduardo’s leadership Finca La Emperatriz has become a wine range to watch. They are now sold in over 30 countries and have gained global recognition for their outstanding single vineyard wines.


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