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Montecillo wine. Solaz. Osborne. And many, many more.
Bodegas Osborne was started in 1772 and quickly established itself as a leader in both wine and spirits in Spain and, indeed, throughout the world.
And descendants of that original founding family still work for the winery.
Yes, close to 250 years after Bodegas Osborne was started, Rocio Osborne is the winery's brand ambassador. She's young. She's fun. And she's introducing an entirely new generation of wine lovers to her family's lengthy portfolio.
1. When did you realize you wanted to become part of the family business?
That realization came while I was in University. Family is not generally allowed to work within Bodegas Osborne – there are currently only three family members at the company – given a corporate direction set in the '80s stipulating that external professionals should handle operations. The family board would only make considerations for family following long and successful careers outside of Bodegas Osborne.
Being told, "you can't do it" was really what fuelled my desire to work hard in the hopes of being asked to join the company which eventually happened way before I ever imagined. In 2005, the family board began a selection process with the help of a headhunter in search of an Osborne descendant to join the business. My dream came true and I got the job, starting an incredible journey full of amazing experiences and great responsibility.
2. What are some of your earliest memories of being at the Osborne winery?
My cousins and I used to love playing hide and seek around the different buildings when the winery was closed; it was a great “playground” when we were younger! The smell of sherry wines was so distinct that every time I visit the winery, I’m reminded of my childhood.
3. Do you have a favourite wine or two from the portfolio? If so, why are they your favourites?
Definitely two! The first is the Montecillo Reserva because it has the perfect balance of fruit and spice, which comes from barrel ageing. It’s also medium to full bodied and carries a balsamic aftertaste that I really enjoy.
Another favourite is the Montecillo Gran Reserva Seleccion Especial 1982 because it is one of the best vintages in the last century. My grandfather also loved this wine; I think of him every time I taste it.
4. What do you enjoy doing for fun, when you’re not at work?
I love spending time with my family. My husband and I have a young baby and because I travel so much for work, I really value being together regardless of what we are doing. I also enjoy meeting with friends over a nice dinner and wine with a lot of chatter. I like watching movies, reading books – I love historic novels – and keeping up on fashion news or shopping for great finds.
5. It's December. What are some of your favourite holiday memories, traditions and/or celebrations?
So many! Decorating the Christmas tree, visiting my grandparents’ house on Christmas Eve, my cousins and I being kept away from the tree while the adults piled up the presents and pretended Santa had just passed by. And of course, my great-grandmother’s Roscón de Reyes, a traditional Spanish Christmas pudding.
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