The charming Diego Santana of Rioja’s Valenciso at Toronto’s Wine Academy.


Having first met Winemaker Diego Santana some two years ago, I distinctly remember being taken by his affable charm. After tasting through his wines and discussing their production I came to discover that this young winemaker had a true passion for making the very best Riojas possible from his vineyards, but in a truly modern style.

Fast forward two years (almost to the day) and Diego sat down with me to talk about his decision to organically certify all of his wines, a real challenge for producers in the Rioja region.

This is Part Two of a two part interview. You can find Part One here.



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Diego’s seriously impressive wines are represented in Ontario by Mellecey Wine Group.

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Jamie Drummond

Edinburgh-born/Toronto-based Sommelier, consultant, writer, judge, and educator Jamie Drummond is the Director of Programs/Editor of Good Food Revolution… And that Diego is a smart cookie. Great to see him again.