Glimpse into a winemaker’s world

09 Feb

Graduate student, Lindsey Leake, took some incredible shots of our winemaker, David Pagan Castaño, in his element last week!  Lindsey is a student at American University School of Communication and she was assigned to tell the story of a person through photos. She chose to feature Potomac Point Winery and David as her muse.  We were certainly impressed and wanted to share her work:

Through the grapevine: 3rd-generation Spanish winemaker brings experience to Va. vineyard

STAFFORD, Va. — As he walks up and down the rows of barren February grapevines, pruning several wiry ones along the way, David Pagan Castaño seems in his element.

“I was born in the winemaking business,” the head winemaker at Potomac Point Vineyard and Winery explains. “My grandfather started his own winery in Spain.”

Castaño, a third-generation winemaker hailing from Yecla, Spain, holds a master’s degree in oenology (the study of wines) and viticulture (the study of grape cultivation) from the Polytechnic University of Valencia. Before settling in Virginia wine country, he polished his craft in France, New Zealand and California.

While Castaño acknowledges California remains king of American wine production, he says the Virginia grape is making itself known.

“We have proven that we’ve been competing against them — competitions, international,” he said. “We don’t have the same volume, but we definitely have very, very outstanding wines here.” See full blog post here.

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