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Winemaker joins San Sebastian Food team!

Welcome Jean-Paul!

Jean-Paul, San Sebastian Food's new winemaker guide

I’m very excited to announce that we now have the expert knowledge and premium guiding of a very exciting young talent in winemaker Jean-Paul Trijsburg.

Hello everybody,

I’m Jean-Paul.  I’m from Holland where I grew up in a little town near the German border. I did a BSc degree in Agronomy at the University of Wageningen in Holland. During my BSc I got infected by the wine bug, and so after finishing my degree I decided to go to France and work in the famous wine region of Burgundy.  This led to a Masters degree in Winemaking and Viticulture in France and Germany. I worked in the famous region of Pomerol in Bordeaux, in the beautiful Rheingau region in Germany and lately in South Africa.

Rekondo, one of the greatest private wine cellars in Europe where we run our special wine tasting

My experience has taught me that you can read a dozen books about wine and wine regions, but it is not the same as going to a region and seeing its vineyards, feel the soil which feeds the vines, visit the cellar where the grapes are transformed in wine, and taste its wines with the local food. Every wine tells a story of its origin and the culture of a region. When you learn about the story and where it comes from you will appreciate the product so much more.

This is what made me come to Spain, to learn about its wine and food, its history, culture and language. I want to take you with me on my discovery and share with you my passion and knowledge about this beautiful product. I hope to see you soon on one of San Sebastian Food’s wine tours.  I will be guiding clients on the amazing Rekondo wine tasting, the unforgettable Rioja day tour and the NEW Txakoli wine tour.

Over the coming weeks, I will be reviewing my favourite vineyards so that even if you cannot join one of our tours right now, you will get a flavour for the magical places we visit!

Jean-Paul Trijsburg Msc

Winemaker & Viticulturalist

Txakoli wine region close to San Sebastian, home to one of our new wine tours

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