With 80 of the best indie winemakers in the world working here at nakedwines.com, getting to know all of them can seem overwhelming at first. The trick is just knowing where to begin…
Here’s the ultimate who’s who of 10 (or so) winemakers every nakedwines.com newbie should follow from the start.
One of the best things about nakedwines.com is there’s something for every wine drinker here. Think of these winemakers as your starting point for any wine style or region you want to explore.
Start making the rounds with these winemakers and check off their wines as you try them; soon enough you’ll be digging deeper and meeting even more winemakers with their own vivid stories and wines. Keep going ’til you find a favorite, then explore a little more. Like a choose your own adventure, with drinking.
So without further ado, the 10(ish) nakedwines.com winemakers you need to follow to get started:
10.) Follow Ana Diogo-Draper for Portuguese masterpieces, by way of California
9.) Follow Daryl Groom, and see how Angel wines change lives
8.) Follow Karen Birmingham, 5th Annual Winemaker of the Year
7.) Looking for high-end Australian wines? Adam Barton’s your guy
He goes by a few names, mostly Adam, but sometimes “Angel’s favorite Aussie”, or “mate”, or “the Clare Valley Kid” (ok, pretty sure nobody actually calls him this, but it’s still catchy) — anyway, if it’s your first time trying out Angel-funded Australian wines, Adam’s the winemaker you want to know.
Just tasting through the wines under his Rabbit & Spaghetti label is like taking a guided tour of the best corners of Australia, from Adam’s home base in Clare Valley to world-famous Barossa.
Adam’s heart is as big as the mighty, mouth-filling reds he’s famous for. Wines like his Rabbit & Spaghetti Field Blend White helped raise relief funds following the incredibly destructive wildfire season in Australia.
Start your tasting tour with a bottle of Adam’s Barossa Valley Shiraz, and when you’re ready, head over to the site and check out Angels’ whole Australian selection.
6.) Follow Carmen Stevens, a true South African barrier-breaker
5.) Follow Matt Parish for the most elegant Napa Cabs around
4.) Follow Alexandra Farber and say you knew a legendary winemaker when
3.) Follow Wayne Donaldson and join the sparkling club
2.) Follow Mauricio Lorca – maverick of mighty Mendoza Malbec
Curious about those massive South American reds that critics and wine lovers are always raving about, but not sure where to start? Meet Mauricio. He’s a winemaking hero down in Argentina’s world-famous Uco Valley who’s responsible for some of the biggest, boldest, most highly-rated South American wines that Angels fund.
And fun fact: he just went vegan! Rather, his winery did. Rather, they’ve been employing vegan practices for quite some time, but just recently got certified. Woohoo! The only things bigger than his achievement are the powerhouse Malbecs he crafts down in Argentina.
Congratulate Mauricio for scoring vegan certification over on his wall and read on about this Mendoza winemaking master>>>
1.) Follow Ondine Chattan for Pulitzer-worthy posts and prestigious Pinots
11.) Oh, and definitely follow Sam Plunkett, a true hometown hero
Because what’s a nakedwines.com list of winemakers without Sam? He’s never short on excitement Down Under. Whether he’s saving the day for his grape growing friends, helping to fight off devastating wildfires or bringing winery jobs to his small township of Seymour, with Angel support, Sam’s always there for his community.
12.) And follow Stephen Millier too, all the cool kids are doing it.
He’s the 3-time Winemaker of the Year who needs no introduction. With over 590,000 ratings and 64,000 followers, he’s Mr. Popular with Angels and it’s no wonder why – his reds from the Sierra Foothills and Lodi are juicy, powerful masterpieces that anyone with tastebuds will fall in love with.
13.) And we couldn’t leave out Europe, so make sure you give Spanish superstar Franck Massard a follow too…
He’s everyone’s favorite sommelier-turned-winemaker who’s on a mission to get all of his vineyards near Barcelona certified organic. Franck even puts on his sommelier badge again from time to time for Angels, breaking down the ins and outs of the very best pairings as only he can.
14.) Yes, we’re well over 10 top winemakers by now…
(But with winemakers this interesting, who’s counting? Anyway, last one we promise…)
Follow Derek Rohlffs for single-vineyard treasures
Although there’s no nakedwines.com vineyard (yet?!), with Angel support, Derek’s in the unique position to showcase heritage block vineyards he loves – like the world-class Wiley Vineyard he cares for – all the way from the vine to bottle.
Just 9 miles from the Pacific, this prestigious vineyard is Derek’s own little slice of Anderson Valley – and he always makes share to give you, the Angels, first access to its impeccable wines.
I’m a nakedwines angel for about a year, but newcomer to the news.nakedwines.com site. I love the wines (not a less than perfect bottle in a year’s worth of shipments), but this information and introduction to the winemakers and their stories increased my enthusiasm exponentially! Look out friends – invitations to join are coming your way!