|Position||Codórníu Group Winemaking Director|
After graduating in Agricultural Engineering at the Universidad Pública de Navarra (Pamplona, Spain), Diego moved to France to continue his studies at the Agro de Montpellier (a well known winemaking school in France), completing a National Enology Diploma. He has also has an MBA from ICADE (Spain).
Diego has gained extensive international experience and has been part of the winemaking team in important wineries in St. Emilion-Bordeaux, Australia, Napa Valley- California and Chile.
Back in Spain, Diego settled in Rioja, working for what today is Pernod Ricard for 7 years, taking care of the winemaking of some of the prestige Rioja and Ribera brands of the group, as well as coordinating the technical development within the other international wineries of the group.
Diego has been head winemaker of Bodegas Bilbaínas from 2007 to 2016 and considers his major learning in the company has been “the fact that team work can walk hand in hand with personal winemaking style. Common learning, support among colleagues and each other's imagination at the winery, enables us to continuously improve our wines, without compromising the style of the region or the winemaker”.
Diego is particularly proud of the small, but steady changes at the winery, which, little by little, translate into big steps in quality and in the wines being more adapted to the market, showing off the singularity of our vineyards in Rioja.
In 2016 Diego was appointed Head Group Winemaking. Now he is in charge of all the wineries in the group worldwide.
Diego is a fan of white Burgundy wines for their longevity and freshness but admires all wines with personality, that speak beyond their flavour, telling about a winemaking style, a variety and a region etc.
MWM Wine School
Hong Kong Maritime Museum
Test Your Palate
Sake Central (S109-S113, Block A, PMQ, 35 Aberdeen Street, Central, Hong Kong)
Restaurant and Bar HK
Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre
Women of Wine Festival
HKEX Connect Hall
- “Winning a silver medal in the HKIWSC has truly helped my product to achieve international credibility regarding its taste. This has positively affected
decisionmaking of several new merchants who now carry my product.”Kaustav BagchiOwner, Lamai Thai Spirits
- “Louis Royer Cognac has been entering the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition for many years. This competition is regarded as the most respected in Asian countries. Winning an award is a high honour for our brand and a further seal of quality for our multi-award winning Cognac.”Carol FrugierMarketing and Communications Manager, Louis Royer Cognac
- “Adding to our success over the past few years at the HKIWSC, winning a trophy means so much to us as we have just recently entered the Chinese market with our brandies. The Chinese market is unique, which makes it even more exciting to know that Oude Molen VOV Brandy is well accepted.”Kobus GelderblomBrandy Master, Oude Molen Distillery
- “It is a great honour for us to receive this award and we are very thankful about the reputation from wine enthusiasts in China. This award is a testament to the fact that our white wines not only match the traditional Austrian food but also matches perfectly with the Asian cuisine.”Katja PflogschWinemaker, Domäne Wachau
- “Having won three trophies in the last four years in different food & wine matching categories at HKIWSC has showcased Pegeric Pinot Noir and its suitability with Asian cuisines leading to its listing with one of Australia’s top restaurant – Melbourne’s iconic Flower Drum.”Chris CormackCEO, Pegeric Wines
- “To get recognition from such a prestigious panel is
veyrewarding indeed, and proves that our wines are made in a style that is truly food friendly. The HKIWSC has become one of the year’s most well-respected wine competitions globally. For us, the food match component is a fantastic chance to demonstrate how well our wines compliment so many different flavours. Moreover, it is a competition known and valued by our customers so a trophy can be hugely influential.””Susanna MayerWinemaker, Yealings
- “Awards and medals at the HKIWSC have been like a stamp of approval to the quality of our wines. Because it is an Asian-focused competition, I know that my wines are being judged and measured by the same yardstick as all the other wines, given our viticultural conditions are quite unique compared with the rest of the world. These medals give me and, more importantly, my consumers the confidence that my wines stand apart from the competition.”Kalash GurnaniWinemaker, York Winery
- “We are very proud of our results. One of our key focuses is the Asian market, so we really want to make our wines special and desirable for this market. That’s why we want to enter this competition and be evaluated by the expert judging panel.”Sofia Cajewski Winemaker, Cremaschi Furlotti
- “We at Yealands Estate Wines are proud to be
recognizedby the Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition. The organizationis held in the highest regard and our success in the competitions has become a strong voice for our quality around the globe.”Avram DeitchGlobal Marketing Manager, Yealands Wine Group
- “Winning awards in reputable international wine shows such as the Cathay Pacific HKIWSC is one of the many ways of educating our consumers and giving them confidence in purchasing the Saint Clair brand. This enhances brand perception
increases sales across our entire portfolio of wines.”Maria EastonWinemaker, Saint Clair Family Estate anin turn