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Case Studies

Case Studies

Abdyika

When Tsviatko Ganev from Abdyika outside of Sandanski in Southeast Bulgaria first contacted Mr. Torstenson in 2014, he was seeking for assistance to bring up the quality of his wines a notch. The 12 hectare (29 acre) vineyard was already very well maintained and the four wines – one rosé and the reds ”Melnik”, ”Estate Blend” and ”First Selection – were of good quality. Nevertheless, Mr. Torstenson opinioned that the wines lacked a blend-specific character that remained consistent year on…

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Clos Dière

When Mr. Torstenson took over the management of Domaine Christiane Rabiega in 1988, the vineyard was mainly producing rather modest rosé wines. This limited the estate’s ability to generate revenue. With the aim of increasing profitability, Mr. Torstenson shifted the focus to high-quality red wines and remodeled Rabiega’s production and marketing strategy accordingly. The use of fertilization and trimming were radically altered and green harvest was introduced in order to reduce the high output. This allowed to improve quality while…

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Château L’Arnaude

Château L’Arnaude is a 20 hectar (49 acre) vineyard in the heart of AOP Côtes-de-Provence in Southern France. Mr Torstenson was hired as consultant winemaker and advisor from 2006 to 2013 with the mission to improve the quality of the wines, review the vineyard’s portfolio strategy and improve overall profitability. Mr. Torstenson improved wine quality by implementing new vinification programs, introducing new blending processes and new ways of working with oak barrels during the maturing process. The improved quality of…

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Vinzavod Assenovgrad

Vinzavod Assenovgrad is a former wine cooperative located in Assenovgrad, outside of the city of Plovdiv, Bulgaria. In 2001, Mr. Torstenson was tasked to raise the level of knowledge at the then newly privatized facility and to develop a new premium segment for its products. In a very short period of time, a small-sized wine cellar was built and the staff was trained in modern vineyard work, with a clear plan for thinning, fertilizing and plant health treatment. Starting from…

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Bodega Miguel Merino/Mazuelo de la Quinta Cruz

It is Mr. Torstenson’s philosophy to begin by understanding what the client wishes to achieve and what type of wines he or she aims to produce and then work to adapt these ambitions to the conditions dictated by the terroir and the status of the wine region. In the case of Bodega Miguel Merino, however, a somewhat different approach was taken. Mr. Migiel Merino and Mr. Torstenson are longtime friends and, when the former suggested the idea of making a…

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