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Women Winemakers: Meet April Cullom

After a college semester studying abroad in Madrid, Atlanta-born April Cullom traded in the southern US for southern Spain. That move led to a career in wine that has included working as wine educator with a specialization in Spanish wine and a stint as the embajador for the wines of Ribera del Duero in the United States. She now divides her time between homes in New York City and Malaga and shares her knowledge with travelers on her Casa Abril Culinary and Wine Tours.

Through these wine tours, guests travel through and explore well known wine regions such as Ribera del Duero, Ronda, and surrounding Sierras de Ronda. A combination of bicycling, cooking classes, tapas crawls, and wine tastings introduces guests to many facets of local culture and cuisine.

Now, thanks to her friendship and professional relationships with winemakers around the country, Cullom is launching her own wine brand on our shores. Her “love affair” with Spain for the past 25 years combined with her passion for the country’s wine and food was the inspiration behind a line of wine from various parts of Spain under the Casa Abril and Alma de Vino labels. 

Each wine reflects the “terroir-trilogy” of its area, allowing the native grape varieties to speak for themselves based on the climate, soil, and geography of the vineyard. The artistic, handcrafted element of the project is present in the design of the labels. Cullom has paired each wine with a curated painter by her uncle, Sergio Gonzalez Tornero. There are six wines, three reds and three whites, each one with their own unique expression and style. Try them all.

Here Cullom shares her favorite wines and foods, what to expect from her culinary tours, and what you'll find in the bottle.

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