Hi! My name is Jean-Paul, I am a winemaker and I love it! When people first meet me, my friends try to warn them not to ask me about wine. When I start talking about it, I can’t help but share everything I know. I love what I do, and I love to share my knowledge and experience with others. I had never intended to become a winemaker, but well …. life had different plans for me. During my time at the University of Wageningen in Holland, I got infected by a winebug; so after finishing my degree I headed to France to work in the famous wine region of Burgundy. Eventually, I completed my Masters Degree in Winemaking and Viticulture in France and Germany.
In the last couple of years I visited many wineries, tasted thousands of wines, and worked in four different wine countries. The more I learn about wine, the more passionate I become about this beautiful product. You can read hundreds of books about wine, but it will never be the same as going to a wine region, seeing the vineyard, visiting the cellar where the grapes are transformed into wine, and tasting each wine with the local food. This belief is what made me travel to the vineyards in France, Germany, South Africa, and lately to Spain. Nowadays, I live in Spain, specifically, San Sebastian where I work as a wine tour guide for a small company called San Sebastian Food.
I am excited to share my knowledge and passion with you! I will post stories about wine and answer any questions you may have. I really don’t have the intention to turn you into a wine snob. With my stories I want to make wine and the wine making process more understandable and therefore more enjoyable. There are many subjects I can write about, so please let me know if you have any questions, I am keen on answering them!