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Meet the Winemaker
Jose Maria Marino and Antonio Olive
United Wineries, Spain

Jose Maria Marino is a winemaker with Rioja in his veins and extensive winemaking experience. Jose was born in Fuenmayor, famed for its wine tradition and situated in Rioja Alta. He has been producing wines in Rioja throughout his entire life. Jose began his career assisting his father, who was the winemaker at Bodegas Lagunilla. When Jose received his oenology degree in 1975, he officially joined the winemaking team. 20 years later in the town where he was born, Jose took the position as Chief Winemaker for Berberana. Over the last 10 years, Jose Maria has achieved much recognition for his wines, receiving more than 100 medals in International competitions.

Antonio Olive is known as the Maestro of Monistrol, this Catalonia-born winemaker is the man behind our unique cavas and powerful still wines made at the Monistrol d'Anoia cellars. Throughout his entire life Antonio has been involved with the cavas and still wines of Catalunya, where he was born and raised between vineyards in Sant Sadurni D'Anoia. Antonio joined Monistrol 20 years ago revolutionizing the winery with sophisticated winemaking techniques. Starting his career at the Laboratories for Wine Research in Viader, Antonio has now been working for United Wineries for 31 years. Antonio's rose cavas were one of the first to be exported out of Spain. Many years later, the brut rose wines produced at Monistrol are still dominating the most discerning markets. Over the last 10 years, Antonio's cavas have received more than 140 medals in international competitions.

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