At the young age of 22 I took a Sabbatical year from university and left my beloved Argentina to travel to the “Old World”. London would obviously be the first stop since I was studying Translation in La Plata, province of Buenos Aires.
I could have not been more fascinated with everything happening around me, and still have vivid memories of my train ride from the airport to the city. I had so much fun. And even managed to realised some of my dreams like watching live a football World Cup (France 1998). So of course I said to myself: one more year, which then became another and another. And London was my new home.
About 15 years ago while working in the hospitality industry I decided to enrol into a wine course. I headed to the Wine & Spirit Education Trust in London’s Bermondsey St. And as the cliché goes “I was bitten by the wine bug”. There was no way back, I started working in wine bars and more WSET qualifications would follow.
Amid, I did internships in France and Spain where I travelled through vineyards visiting producers and wineries.
I eventually left the hospitality industry to manage a wine and spirit shop in Soho. Later on I got a job with a boutique wine importer, business that a colleague and I would start from scratch. Here I learn the intrinsic of wine business. Meanwhile, the passion for sharing wine and knowledge had led me to become a WSET Educator. Subsequently setting up my own wine school at Albertine Wine Bar in Shepherd’s Bush.
A few years before I had been to Lagos in Portugal on holidays for the first time. I remember thinking: why has it taken me so long to discover this wonderful country? Afterwards I visited Lisbon and told myself I would eventually move there. London had been my home for 22 years but I needed to be closer to the sea and to the vineyards.
After quite a few trips to Portugal and adapting to the challenges of very recent times, I ended up setting camp in pretty Ericeira. As restrictions are eased we are now able to teach classroom courses and we have set up a second wine school between the sea and the vineyards.
It’s all about following your dreams. With a glass of wine in your hand of course.