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Tom Holt, Paso Primero


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Tom Holt

Winemaker Tom and his wife Emma run Paso-Primero, an independent, family company in Somontano in the central Pyrenees of northern Spain - bringing together old world traditions and modern techniques to make their own wines, in their own style.

Their home town is Shrewsbury, which is also the home of Tanners Wine Merchants, one of the UK’s most prestigious wine retailers and where Tom and Emma met.

With a burgeoning love of wine and a keen sense of adventure they left Tanners to travel the world with the dream of becoming winemakers in their own right. For Tom, this initially meant a three year stint at Plumpton College studying for a degree in Viticulture and Oenology but they soon joined forces again and headed off to New Zealand. Two vintages at Pask winery in Hawke’s Bay were followed by three at Flat Rock Cellars in Ontario, Canada. Brimming with enthusiasm after working with some of the industry’s most influential producers they embarked on their most daunting challenge yet.

Always wanting to make wine in the ‘old world’ and Spain in particular they set off looking for a winery who would share their ambition and help them on their way to creating their very first wine. That was in 2015 and they haven’t looked back since. Paso-Primero has gone from strength to strength winning awards and critical acclaim for their ever expanding portfolio.

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