Winemaker of the Year: Paul Draper

15428259_sIn 1940 kocht de theoloog William Short de verlaten Ridge Vineyards in Californie, aangelegd in 1885 door Osea Perrone, een doctor van Italiaanse afkomst. Hij knapte hem op en maakte er een ‘levendige’ wijngaard van.

In 2012 vierde men  het 50 jarige bestaan van deze winery met de oogst van dit jaar. Want hoewel de eerste wijnstokken al in 1892 geplant werden, is er pas sprake van een consequent wijnbeleid sinds 1962.

In 1969 maakte Paul Draper hier zijn entrée, net teruggekeerd van het opzetten van een wijngaard in Chili. En deze zelfde Paul Draper is gisteren op Prowein uitgeroepen tot de Wijnmaker van 2013. Jean-Michel Valette MW, voorzitter van het Instituut van Masters of Wine  overhandigde hem zelf deze Award.

“As chief winemaker at Ridge Vineyards in California since 1969, Paul was chosen as the recipient of this year’s award by a panel that comprised Master of Wine winemakers from all over the world and the previous winners of the award.

Paul said: “This honour means so much to me because of my respect for the Masters of Wine – and most especially for the winemakers among them, who have such a breadth of knowledge of wine as well as expertise in my chosen vocation.”

(bron:the drinks business)glazen wijn

Paul Draper grew up on an eighty-acre farm in the Chicago suburb of Barrington. After attending the Choate School and receiving a degree in philosophy from Stanford University, he lived for two years in northern Italy. Later he attended the University of Paris and traveled extensively in France, gaining practical experience in traditional winemaking. In the mid-sixties, with a close friend, he set up a small winery in the coast range of Chile and produced several vintages of cabernet sauvignon. He joined Ridge Vineyards in 1969, and presently resides atop Monte Bello Ridge with his wife Maureen and daughter Caitlin. He is known for his crafting of fine cabernets and chardonnays from the Monte Bello estate vineyards, and as a pioneer in the production of long-lived, complex zinfandels.

(bron: History of Ridge Vineyards)