Cariñena is a Wine Region to Watch. Join renowned Spanish wine expert Pedro Ballesteros, Master of Wine, on Friday, February 12 from 11:00AM – 12:00PM NOON ET, for an in-depth look at D.O.P. Cariñena. A historic wine region, Cariñena is the birthplace of Garnacha and home to more old vine plantings of the variety than any other region in Spain. Cariñena is realizing its full potential with new high elevation plantings, sustainable practices and approachable quality-to-value wines that showcase the best of Aragón. A long-time advocate for Cariñena, Ballesteros has travelled extensively throughout Cariñena and will share insights on new releases and trends to watch from the heart of Spain.
Pedro Ballesteros, Master of Wine
Pedro Ballesteros Torres, Master of Wine, has studied around the world, including at the renowned wine regions of Jerez, Burgundy, Napa Valley and Bordeaux, and holds an Agronomical Engineer degree and a Masters in Viticulture and Oenology among his qualifications. He is a columnist at several magazines in Spain and Belgium, regularly writes for wine magazines in the US, UK and Italy, completed the Spain chapters in the New Sotheby’s Wine Encyclopedia, and contributed to five other wine books. Ballesteros also chairs major international wine competitions, including Decanter’s WWA, Vinitaly’s 5Stars, Concour Mondial Bruxelles and others. He is active in the fields of promotion and education, and sits in several institutional boards. National expert at OIV. Member of Gran Orden de Caballeros del Vino. Commended to the Spanish Order of Agricultural Merit. Italian Wine Ambassador. VDP Ambassador. Prud’homme Jurade St Emilion.
Natasja Mallory is a leading expert in Spanish wine, food and lifestyle brands. She was the first Director of the International Wine Department for the Lavinia wine boutique in Spain and has been a resident of Madrid for over 20 years. A presenter for the Spanish Taster’s Guild, Natasja is a Director at branding and communications agency, Gregory + Vine, and has led global campaigns for the Ribera del Duero, Rías Baixas and Cariñena regions. Her commitment to hospitality includes years of experience as the Purchasing Manager for Union Square Hospitality Group/Gramercy Tavern under top chef Tom Colicchio. She pursued a Master’s Degree in Food Science & Management from New York University and a degree in Journalism, and is fluent in Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.
Marjorie Ferris is the Sales Manager at Diversified Communications for Vinexpo America. Marjorie has over 10 years of experience in the trade event industry in a variety of sales and management roles. Joining the US-based Vinexpo America team since the event launched in 2018, she continues to learn more about the wine and spirits industry, completing the Court of Master Sommeliers Introductory Course & Examination and is currently taking WSET Level 2 Award in Wines.