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Manuel Otero Ramos

Manuel Otero Ramos

Winemaker at Otero Ramos Winery

Mendoza, Argentina

Number of Years in the Wine Business: 48

Favorite Quote: As long as you live your life following your own philosophy, set your way and keep it with passion and hope, you shall succeed.

Manuel Otero Ramos

Manuel Otero Ramos is a passionate winemaker with more than 48 years of experience in viticulture. Perseverance is his credo to reach personal and professional goals. His vision was to establish a family driven company that produced award winning fine wines that are able to compete internationally and he has been able to make that dream come true. Originally from Galicia, Spain, Manuel built his own winery in the C.D.O. of Malbec, Lujan de Cuyo, Argentina. A worldwide unique terroir, the water from the Andes mountain range and the passion for friendship, family and wine are the essential columns of this winery.

I love my job because:

I get to work side by side with my family wholly involved with the land itself - it's extremely fulfilling to work together! When you are lucky enough to do what you love and to excite others, you tend to do the best possible job with passion and love. It is a wonderful thing!

I got the passion to become a winemaker from:

My grandfather on the land of Galicia, Spain. 

My favorite wine is:

Any Malbec because it is a grape with good body and structure, very fruitful. Subtle and gentle in the mouth.

Favorite wine to wind down with:

A good sparkling wine! (Method Champenoise)

If I could drink it with anyone I would drink it with, where and why:

I would drink it with my wife or a good friend enjoying the beautiful view of the Andes.

You'd be surprised to know that:

Otero Ramos winery is one of the pioneers among the wineries of Mendoza,  to incorporate sustainability and environmental care at its core.

My favorite vintage is and why:

Our 2007 vintage as TWO of our wines were awarded Wine of the Year by the WAWWJ - World Association Wine & Spirits Writers and Journalists, USA. Our EXTRAMUROS GRAND RESERVE CABERNET SAUVIGNON 2007, with 200 pts was ranked as the World’s best Cabernet Sauvignon #1 in the World! And our SUIPACHA RESERVE MALBEC 2007 with 170 pts was ranked as the World’s 4th Greatest Malbec! 

What I'm excited about this year’s vintage is:

This year we had several climatic inconveniences which will result in lower quantities of the vintage. But we are excited and hoping that the high quality of grapes will more than compensate for that.

One thing I hope to accomplish in my life is / my biggest accomplishment is:

That my wines become available in all important markets of the world known for their quality and taste.

During harvest, a day in my life is like:

Being in a state of constant excitement and hopeful expectaction, experiencing the most important time of the year.

Favorite/Least cooperative grape to work with is:

My favorite grape is the Malbec to work with. With this grape you can achieve strong fruit and much gentleness in the taste. Its bright color and purple tones mix with the gentleness and amiability of a typical variety of the Mendocinian terroir.

Biggest obstacle I’ve ever experienced in wine-making:

The economic instability of Argentina. The country that I love with all my soul.

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