In 2011, when I began to produce my own wine under the Cattleya label, my dreams became reality. Today, California is my home and also the land that gifts me with the fruit for the wines I handcraft every day.
Why the name Cattleya? In November 1936 Cattleya Trinae was selected as the national flower of Colombia, my native country. This particular flower is the ultimate expression of dedication and beauty. Hence its reputation:
“Rare, Beautiful, Queen of the Orchids.”
Cattleya wines are made with fruit sourced from unique and remarkable sites, farmed by exceptional viticulturists and talented crews of vineyard workers who unwaveringly produce the best possible fruit. In Cattleya, my dream to craft wines that will touch your soul as well as your palette are realized – as they become part of your everyday life.
As I begin any winemaking journey, I instinctively go back to the farming itself. Looking back, I now appreciate the value of having been trained first as a viticulturist. It was surely the most valuable and humbling lesson I received in my years in France. Through rigorous training and endless days of physical work, I understood from very early on that unique wines can only come from vineyards where the growers will never compromise on how much or how hard they will work their vines.