You could say that Miguel’s love of wine is in his blood. Throughout his life, regular visits to his grandfather’s farm imbued him with passion for the grape.
He literally learned the business from the ground up, helping with harvest and gaining practical knowledge of traditional winemaking methods as passed down through the generations in his Portuguese winemaking family
Miguel’s business acumen landed him a position as a business manager of a multinational company in Spain, and he relocated to Madrid for three years. During this time, he immersed himself in the vastly different food and wine culture, falling in love with Spanish traditions, their wine and cuisine. It was here that he became friends and colleagues with Rafael Segovia, and together they went on to found Wineberia out of their mutual passion for Iberian wines.
With a stated mission to break free of commonly held wine snobbery, Miguel brings an air of simplicity to the task of wine study. Putting an emphasis on the social and entertaining aspects of wine culture, he hopes to break down centuries of tradition into language that is easy to understand and fun to learn.
I feel very inspired by the talent and irreverence of Salvador Dali, the Spanish surrealist painter that constantly challenged status quo with his creativity. He was also the author of my favourite quote about wine: great wine requires a mad man to grow the vine, a wise man to watch over it, a lucid poet to make it, and a lover to drink it!”