Meet our Winemaker, Renato Sais!

What first attracted you to winemaking? 

I fell in love with the industry back in Mexico as my family began the journey of opening a winery and i was always intrigued on how wine is or could be produced. when i was first introduced i had just graduated from business degree and i saw it fascinating. Mixing passion, nature, science and manufacturing all in one, is something that moment i was introduced to this industry i decided that this was my profession to be and worked hard at it, planned it out, and here we are 12 years later, living a dream job, enjoying every moment of it, the reward to all this is seeing everyone enjoying what we make, because we make it for you.

What is your winemaking philosophy; that is, what are you trying to achieve with your wines?

Understand and respect nature, make the most of those blessed grapes we receive every season, transform them gently in order to extract the beautiful aromas and flavors, and always making sure that when you are tasting that particular wine, the wine reflects on the vineyard, the cellar and all of the passion and care we put into in every step of the way. 

What is the most important factor in making a great wine?

Good Fruit, Good Process, Good People, Good Practices. Always in a proactive approach.

Which of our current wines are you the most excited about?

I am a big fan of not having favorites when is in regard to wine selection. When i make wine, i treat them all like if they were my children, an equal balance love to all of them. As a Winemaker, I focused on getting the most out of my children. Finding a good balance and understanding that every wine has a personality and all you’re doing is guidingit in the best scenario to succeed, that is what matters at the end of the day for me.

What are your expectations for the 2018 harvest?

It will be a challenging year just like any other one. Coming out of a high yield season in 2017, i expect this year to be a little different. A more delayed harvest, yields a little lower, we are already experiencing and odd winter and spring all along. Again, all we have to do is understand nature for what it is and continue our process. A new year, a new opportunity to make wines, continue mastering our protocols, coming back to Danza and be part of this amazing team is an honor to be a part of and all this makes me want to continue improving our winemaking experiences.