Norrel has been making wine in Spain for over 14 years and is currently one of two Master of Wines living in Spain. He was born and raised in Scotland and, after graduating from Aberdeen University with a MA Honours degree in Politics and International Relations, has worked in the wine industry for the last 25 years, starting in sales before moving on to buying and product development.
In the late 1990´s Norrel decided to pursue a career in winemaking and decided the best way was to learn from the cellar up. Norrel went on to work vintages in Chianti in Italy ( Tenuta Di Arceno), Portugal ( Esporao & Quinta de la Rosa) , Australia ( Nepenthe) , France ( Roussely, Touraine) and Chile ( Laroche, Casablanca Valley). In 1998, Norrel embarked on the Master of Wine Course and became a Master of Wine in November 2000, winning the Robert Mondavi Award for the best overall theory performance in the exam.
In 2002-2003 he studied the Postgraduate Viticulture and Oenology course at Lincoln University in Christchurch, New Zealand, obtaining his postgraduate qualification with distinction.
In 2003, he moved to Spain to as Winemaker for International Wine Services and quickly fell in love with the old Garnacha vineyards in the area of Calatayud, Aragon and decided to start making his own wines. His company - EL ESCOCÉS VOLANTE SL - took off and Norrel now produces many award winning wines made from very specially selected vineyards at high altitude in Aragon, Spain. He also has winemaking projects in Murcia, Valencia and Galicia. His own wines are sold in over 20 markets. He consults for many high profile wineries in Spain and also to winery clients in Chile and South Africa.
EL ESCOCÉS VOLANTE currently owns 13 hectares of Old Vine Garnacha around the village of Villarroya de la Sierra ( a collection of vineyards ranging from 45 to 110 years old) with a further 7 hectares being planted from 2017 to 2019. Viticulture is sustainable and organic with certification begin carried out in the up and coming years.
"Our winemaking philosophy is based on maximising the potential of the fantastic raw material we have available in Spain to produce intense wines with a sense of place."