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Jascots wine producer receives MW qualification

Published:  09 November, 2017

Jascots Wine Merchants’ exclusive Spanish wine producer Fernando Mora MW was one of 18 new Masters of Wine (MW) to receive the prestigious qualification this week.

Only the second Spanish national to ever receive the MW, Mora has been working with Jascots for the past two years supplying his Garnacha wines to the wine merchant on an exclusive basis.

Mora MW said his new qualification would help him in his quest to grow the Garnacha market in the UK.

“Garnacha is the forgotten grape – the ugly duckling that has been overlooked for too long, but I feel the time is right now to push it in the UK,” he told Harpers, adding his mission was to help better position Spain in terms of value and quality.

"Wines from Garnacha are more refined these days and less extracted which means they are more balanced and great to pair with food - something the UK market loves," he said.

With Spain one of the most exciting countries in terms of wine diversity, it was unfortunate the country was also the bulk wine source of the world, he added.

Since starting out in wine 10 years ago (as a hobby) with a mere experimental 28 vines in his grandparents garden, when he began his transition from engineer in the automotive industry to wine maker, Mora MW now produces more than 170,000 bottles of wine a year.

His first vintage was in 2008 when he made wine with friends in Valdejalón. After leaving his job in 2013 he created Bodegas Frontonio and in 2015 he launched a new project in Campo de Borja called Cuevas de Arom.

In addition to gaining the MA qualification, Mora MW also won the Noval Award for best research paper for his ‘Proposals for creating a revised wine quality classification in Denomination of Origin (DO) Campo de Borja, with, recommendations for potential implementation in other Dos in Spain’.

“Thrilled" with Mora’s MW qualification, Jascots said his wines had received a “great reception” from its customers.

“Our customers really do buy into the personal stories behind the wines that we offer and Fernando’s charisma and intelligence bring them to life in a really special way,” said buying & marketing director, Adam Porter, adding it was the passionate and talented wine makers like Mora MW that made its portfolio “more than just a list of wines”.

The 18 new masters, who all passed in March and September this year, included: Mark Andrew MW (UK), Nova Cadamatre MW (USA), Julie Chéné Nyheim MW (Norway), Alistair Cooper MW (UK), Jeremy Cukierman MW (France), Emma Dawson MW (UK), David Forer MW (Spain), Philip Harden MW (UK), Ashley Hausman Vaughters MW (US), Sarah Heller MW (Hong Kong), Tim Jackson MW (UK), Andreas Kubach MW (Spain), Fernando Mora MW (Spain), Aina Mee Myhre MW (Norway), Billo Naravane MW (USA), Catherine Petrie MW (UK), Nigel Sneyd MW (US) and Morgan Twain-Peterson MW (US).