Walter Jorge, Winemaker, Langtry Estate
Walter was born in Raleigh, North Carolina, but he spent his youth in La Rioja, Spain's premier viticultural and winemaking region, where he gained a passion for wine. People have been making wine in La Rioja for 2,000 years. "Growing up there, I was immersed in a culture where wine and food are central to everyday life."
Following his calling, Walter then earned a degree in Agricultural Engineering at the University of Zaragoza in Spain. His passion for wine led him back to La Rioja where he completed his studies in Enology at the University of La Rioja. During his formal training there, he was admitted to the Erasmus program which allowed him to study enology for one year in France at the University of Montpellier. His intense desire to absorb all he could about wine led him to travel the world. First studying the Old World style of winemaking in France and Spain, followed by discovering the New World approach in New Zealand and then California where he would eventually take root.
In 2008, Walter moved to California, and has held winemaking positions in Napa and the Central Valley. In 2017, Walter joined Langtry Estate. "Langtry has a lot of history that goes back to the late 1800's and I'm proud to be part of that rich heritage, says Walter. My first impression of the winery was that it was the perfect place for growing grapes. With Lake County wines on the rise, it is very exciting to make and promote the wines of this up and coming region from its distinctive terroir."