Winemaker, Tierra Roja Vineyards
Beginning with the 2021 vintage, Tierra Roja grapes will be in the hands of acclaimed winemaker, Benoit Touquette. Benoit's journey on the leading edge of fine winemaking spans continents. From Bordeaux to Napa, he has pursued a balance of elegance and power in his craft, achieving twenty-eight 100-point ratings along the way. Unquestionably a rising superstar in California, Frenchman Benoit Touquette makes a bevy of wines from throughout Napa Valley, all of which show impeccable winemaking and balanced, layered profiles.
Born in Lyon France and gaining his education from the University of Bordeaux, Benoit worked at numerous French wineries before getting a job (with the help of his friend and mentor Michel Rolland) in Napa Valley with Andy Erickson. He consulted for the likes of Screaming Eagle, Ovid and Arietta. Today, Benoit is the winemaker for Realm Cellars, as well as numerous other labels, including his own project Fait-Main (which translates to “hand-made”) and now, Tierra Roja.
Country born: France
Education: University of Bordeaux, France, Double Masters in Chemistry and Enology & Viticulture. Mentor, Michel Rolland.
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
Honors / Awards:
28 - 100 point wines to date
Nurture and vineyard and fruit, with tools from nature and science. Guide the wines with contant vigilance to create a wine of optimum pleasure.