The Sussex-raised vintner heads up winemaking at Vagabond, an urban winery at London’s Battersea Power Station
This week’s guest on The English Wine Diaries podcast is Jose Quintana, winemaker at Vagabond Wines – one of London’s urban wineries.
Despite the Spanish name, Jose grew up on an arable farm in Sussex and agriculture was always a part life. After attempts at careers in music and property, Jose took inspiration from friends and family, who were grape growers and winemakers in Spain, and enrolled at Plumpton College to study viticulture.
While there, Jose worked at Davenport Organic Vineyards in Sussex, with Dermot Sugrue at Wiston Estate and did harvests in the Gredos region of Spain. After graduating, he worked as assistant winemaker at Henners in Sussex and Westwell in Kent before joining Vagabond as winemaker shortly before the 2021 harvest.
Here he continues to learn and experiment to create wines that showcase the potential of UK wine production and push its boundaries.
We talk about life in an urban winery, Vagabond’s new English wine bar in Sussex and how Jose’s Sussex and Spanish heritage has influenced his career.
For the latest news from Jose and the team follow @Vagabondwines on Instagram and Facebook.
This episode of The English Wine Diaries is sponsored by Wickhams, The Great British Wine Merchant. Visit wickhamwine.co.uk to see their award-winning range of English wine with free deliver on orders over £40.
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