Almuena Alberca MW, Technical Director of Grupo Bodegas Palacio 1894, became the first woman in Spain to be named Master of Wine (MW) in 2018.
During her 15 years in the winemaking industry, this Zamorra-born oenologist’s career has mostly unfolded in Spain, with the occasional experience around the world, in places as remote as New Zealand. She has worked at boutique wineries such as Viñas del Cenit (D.O. Tierra del Vino de Zamora) and Dominio de Atauta (D.O. Ribera del Duero). Today she manages Bodegas Viña Mayor (D.O. Ribera del Duero, Rueda, Toro, Valdeorras and Rías Baixas), creating wines that have gained the recognition of expert critics.
Almuena Alberca is an oenologist who currently serves as Technical Director of Grupo Bodegas Palacio 1894. In 2018, she became the first woman in Spain to be named Master of Wine (MW) – the only female representative among Spain’s four MWs. The Master of Wine is a title that acknowledges excellence in the wine industry, with just a little over 400 members around the world.