Rafael was born and raised in Burgos, Spain, a region located halfway between La Rioja and Ribera Del Duero, affording him the opportunity to explore the region’s wine routes and meet the producers of some of the most famous and beloved wine regions in the world.
After meeting Miguel in a Madrid wine club and enduring many long hours tasting and debating the attributes of the great wines of the region, they developed an idea that would later become Wineberia.
A journalist by trade, Rafael is also a hard-core Real Madrid fan as well as an amateur Spanish guitarist. His travels through remote and seldom visited regions in Spain while he is “on tour” affords him many personal relationships with small boutique producers, giving him a fresh and unique perspective with regard to the regions, the winemakers and the wine they produce.
I really identify with the Merry Fiddler, a painting with a witty character that combines my biggest passions in life: wine and music.”