Bodegas Trenza and our wines tells our unique story of family, friendship and teamwork. What was once initiated by winemaker David Tofterup in 2004, now has been strengthened by the partnership of his brother Jonas Tofterup MW and creative influence of Jennifer Powell, to successfully braided together their life experiences, their respect for the vines and their shared passion for of wine. Together they hope you will be able to see the love they have for wine with every sip.
Having each, traveled around the world gaining experiences with different grape varieties and different wineries, together they wanted a project were no rules applied and where they would have the creative freedom with every wine they braided together. With the inspiration of their extended families and dedication of their team, Javier Buigues Guerrero, Eduardo Llinares Valero and Lluna Gonzálvez, dreams have become a reality and their wines are receiving international praise and their customer services is top of the field.
Trenza, translate into the English word braid. Trenza, refers to any object created by an interweaving of three or more separate strands different materials in a diagonally overlapping pattern. A braided item would be preferred over an individual strand because the braid creates a stronger, more complex, and unique item. Generally, a braid is a braid, however, the colors, textures, materials and braiding style allows each braid to be uniquely beautiful.
Our collection of wines have been created by interweaving of and or highlighting different grape varieties as they thrive throughout Spain: Monastrell (Mourvèdre), Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah, Tempranillo, Garnacha, Bobal and Garnacha Tintorera (Alicante Bouchet). We also enjoy playing with Albariño, Chardonnay, Abillo Mayor, Viura, Verdejo and Sauvignon Blanc. Each of these grape varieties are recognized independently in the great World of wine for the unique characters that they bring to a bottle of wine, be it its purple, deep red or ruby colors, fruity characteristics, its savory touch, refreshing acidity or its amazing ability to age. Sustainability is key for us, so all the grapes we source come from dry farmed vineyards and more than 90% are grown organically.
We believe that with the grapes we have chosen to braid together, we have taken the best characteristics that each variety has developed, and have created a strong Trenza with great personality, complexity, and uniqueness. A crafted Trenza that truly reflects the fruit, the terroir and the great potential of Bodegas Trenza.
Born in the town of Esbjerg, Denmark in 1975. At the age of 15 he immigrated, with his family, to the Costa del Sol, Spain, and it was here that his interest in the Spanish language, culture, gastronomy and wine took form. Appreciation for quality wine and food has been a passion of David s ever since. His interest for wines, however, was not just limited to consuming it, but rather in the art and technique of making it. Moving back to Copenhagen on his own at the age of 18, he graduated from Niels Brock Copenhagen Business College in 1995. In 1998 he became a skilled wine cellar master and started out on his adventures traveling around the wine world.
He has worked as an assistant winemaker at prestigious and well-known wineries Worldwide, including Mont Marcal (Penedes, Spain), Chateau Lestage-Simon (Haut-Medoc, France), Viña Tarapacá (Maipo Valley, Chile), Foley Estates and Lincourt Vineyard (Santa Ynez Valley, California). For 17 years as Director of Winemaking at a large, well-respected Spanish wine producer in Spain, David was able grow his knowledge and deepen his respect for Spain as a world-class wine producer. Learning, exploring and experimenting within each new region he has found many hidden treasures around Spain from the oldest vineyards, to quality fruit and all of the possibilities with the up-and-coming producers. He knows all the potential Spain has to offer, as he has been able to tap into all these resources to create internationally recognized and an award winning wine portfolio from various Spanish appellations.
David, himself, has earned his own recognizing as an influential Spanish winemaker, having been awarded the prestigious title of Spanish Winemaker of the year, in 2016 and then again in 2018, by the UEC (Union Española de Catadores). Now with energy and excitement David has gone back to his roots and is pouring his creativity, passion and knowledge in to Bodegas Trenza. Bodegas Trenza was founded by David in 2006, together with his family with a goal to create boutique, family shared and enjoyed, wines. Bodegas Trenza is inclusive of a quality wine collection from Yecla, which over the years has become one of the highest regarded wines from this small appellation, as well as unique and delicious collections of wines expanding across Spain. With time and renewed energy David is greatly looking forward to the future he has with Bodegas Trenza.
JONAS TOFTERUP, MW
Jonas was born in Esbjerg–Denmark in 1985, however, he essentially grew up in Spain having moved to the Costa del Sol when he was 5 years old. Surrounded by Spanish wine culture and an older brother deep in the wine industry, it was at a very early age that Jonas decided he wanted to not only be part of the wine World but he was driven to make a name for himself in it. His drive, interests and determination has been rewarded by achieving the elite title of Master of Wine. He is currently the only Danish person to hold this title.
To get to where Jonas is today, he has worked continuously hard academically. He obtained his B.Sc in Food Science and Technology from the University of Copenhagen in 2009. Three years later he received his M.Sc. in Viticulture and Enology from the International Erasmus Mundus program, Vinifera Euromaster. In 2014 he achieved the WSET Level 4 Diploma and 2019 achieved the title of Master of Wine. Alongside his intense studies, he has participated in a number of harvests across the world. Working in Spain, Baden-Germany, Rheingau-Germany and Stellenbosch-South Africa.
Jonas has strengthened his knowledge and presence in the wine industry as European Export Manager and Brand Ambassador for a well-known winery in Chile from October 2015 until October 2022, as well as taking up the position as a niche winemaker in 2018 at Frederiksdal Kirsebaervin, internationally recognized for producing the best cherry wine and liquors in the World. As wine education and development has played an instrumental part in his life he is passionate about sharing his wine knowledge. In order to do this in a style that is uniquely his own, he opened his own wine educational center, Iberian Wine Academy, in August 2018, where he offers WSET Level 2 & 3 in Andalucía. His passion for education can be measured by both the number of success stories as well as having been awarded the Best Educational Centre in Spain by The International Wine Challenge-Merchants Awards, 2021.
Having gone out and established his name internationally, there is nothing more comforting that to finding his way back to Bodegas Trenza, as partner, where he can pour all his experience and knowledge into making delicous Spanish wines with family. As he looks ahead, he is filled with excitement at all the possibilities he knows he can achieve with being part of the Bodegas Trenza team.