For Utku Gundogdu, winemaker at Qualia Wines, wine is essentially a natural product with infinite variation of different areas, grape varieties and winemaking cultures. It is more than an alcoholic beverage which can be shared within family, friends or in good company.
His homeland, Turkey, has a long association with wine.
Utku’s winemaking career has started after his colleague graduation on food science and engineering in Cappadocia, Turkey. He also has double master’s degree on viticulture and oenology from Montpellier SupAgro INRA winemaking school of France and Madrid Polytechnic University of Spain.
His background includes positions at Stag’s Leap – Napa Valley, Villa Maria and Delegat in the Marlborough region of New Zealand as well as experience in the Rhone Valley and Bordeaux, Cappadocia and Ankara areas of Turkey. Today, Utku’s winemaking philosophy has developed from his varied experiences from all around the world.