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Marcos Fernandez of the Doña Paula Estate in Argentina

Kevin Ecock's WinePod

Release Date: 06/06/2019

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Kevin Ecock's WinePod

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In this epsisode I chat with Marcos Fernandez, Head Winemaker of the award winning Dona Paula vineyard in Argentina. 

Dona Paula is one of the labels within the fabulous Santa Rita Estates. The other four - Santa Rita, Carmen, Terra Andina and Nativa are in Chile.

Marcos visited Dublin recently (Marcos is on the left: WinePod is on the right!) to take part in the fabulous Bloom Festival at which Dona Paula had entered a Show Garden titled, 'A Matter of Altitude'. To the delight of Dona Paula and Santa Rita the Dona Paula garden won the Overall Best in Show Garden Award!  

In this podcast Marcos guides us through the amazing Dona Paula vineyards, its wines and people. Enjoy. 

 Kevin Ecock's WinePod is brought to us with the assistance of the Santa Rita Wine Room at Monty's of Kathmandu - an excellent place to host your next event or celebration.

Contact Shiva at 01 -6704911 or HERE at the Santa Rita Wine Room web page.