Elena Adell was born in Logroño in 1958 and has been involved in winemaking since 1985. She started working with Campo Viejo in 1998.
The granddaughter of a grower, she studied Agricultural Science at university, specialising in viticulture and oenology. In her own words, "It was virtually inevitable that I would end up with vines and wines".
Adell says she sets out to make singular wines with their own personality. "I believe wine is something to be enjoyed with company. It’s an essential part of celebrations, when you want to share a joyful occasion or a quiet dinner with friends. My aim is to make wines that add a special touch to any occasion, wines that make you feel like drinking another glass."
An expert in Rioja winemaking, Elena Adell has an unmatched experience in working with Tempranillo. Her aim is to discover new ways to create interesting, expressive wines that best showcase the vibrancy of Rioja and Tempranillo. "I adore working with Tempranillo. It’s such a versatile grape. I love seeing the many different ways it can express its character in such a diverse range of wines."
Few winemakers are lucky enough to help design the wineries in which they work but Elena was involved in the plans for the new Campo Viejo winery from the early stages, which has allowed her to create the ideal conditions to continue her love affair with Tempranillo. "This fabulous winery gives me a great platform to build on the values which have made Campo Viejo one of the world’s favourite Rioja."
CLARA CANALS, WINEMAKER
Clara Canals was born in Tarragona in 1982, her family moved to Logroño in La Rioja in 1984, where she grew up.
She studied Biology and Biochemistry in the University of Navarra, but later her passion for wine, travelling and her upbringing in the Rioja encouraged her to obtain a European Masters Degree in Oenology and Viticulture (Emave-Vinifera Masters 2007-2009).
During the first year of her programme she studied in the SupAgro agronomy school in Montpellier (France). The following year she enrolled at the Polytechnic University in Madrid (Spain) and then she completed her final project in Marlborough, New Zealand.
She’s worked in winemaking in different wine regions around the world including Australia, South Africa, Argentina, New Zealand and, obviously, Spain. In 2011, she knew it was time to come back to her home, La Rioja, so she joined the winemaking team at Campo Viejo.
IRENE PÉREZ GUTIÉRREZ
Irene Pérez Gutiérrez was born in Logroño and grew up in La Rioja. She studied Pharmacy at the University of Salamanca. After graduation, she followed her passion for the world of wine, she studied oenology in the University of La Rioja. While in the second year there, she completed her final project in Bodegas Campo Viejo.
After finishing her studies, Irene first worked in a traditional winery in Rioja before moving to another winery in the north of Rioja where she practiced her winemaking skills for 5 years.
In early 2016, she joined the Campo Viejo winery, where she now works alongside Clara Canals and under the direction of Elena Adell.