Aitor Menchaca

Creator of the largest vineyard directory filmed with drone in the world.

Aitor Menchaca created “WineDron, The other way to see the wine” in February 2017, with the original purpose of convincing some friends from a wine tasting group from his native Bilbao to visit him in Mexico, where Aitor “discovered” beautiful vineyards in the North West side of the country. 

A few months later, he observed that those videos of the Valle de Guadalupe, and others that he had previously recorded, mainly from La Rioja and the Ribeira Sacra in Galicia, had many more views than expected from wine lovers from all over the world. 

Christmas 2017, Santa Claus bought him a plane ticket to Santiago de Chile, since it was the closest International Airport to Mendoza from CDMX. In January 2018, he launched “Winedron, The other way to see the wine” on Facebook, and in February of 2018, with just a little bit over 35,000 views in his the YouTube channel; he made his first trip with the sole objective of visiting wineries with his DRONE. Initially the trip was intended to only visit Mendoza, ARGENTINA, but once Aitor landed in Santiago de Chile, he took the opportunity to visit the areas of Maipo and Casablanca, around Santiago de Chile. Later in the year, he visited seven denominations in SPAIN and four more in PORTUGAL. 

In September 2018, Menchaca organizes a trip with the purpose of documenting the origins of wine, in GEORGIA, with the oldest archaeological remains of wine in the world, its vinification processes (Qvevri) and discovering the most spectacular grape varietals. At the end of 2018, Aitor created a new Facebook page called “360 vieWine”, a page specializing in 360 images. Images or videos from inside coolers with champagne, or from vintage boxes in Toro, SPAIN; to images from trellises in Napa Valey, USA or the interior of fudres in La Rioja, SPAIN. 

In February 2019, Aitor returns to Chile, traveling 3,300km, from Toconao, in the Atacama Desert to Puelo, in Patagonia, visiting extreme vineyards due to excess or shortage of water, its height or the salinity of the soil. In June of the same year, he made visits for a month in Napa Valley, Sonoma in California and Willamette in Oregon, USA. In February 2020, Menchaca visited the main wine producing areas of AUSTRALIA, Barossa, McLaren Vale, Morninton Peninsula, filming with his drone over 30 wineries in the Oceanic continent.

In July 2020, Menchaca visits Bourdeaux and Champagne, in France. In July 2020, he launched the channel’s website, the largest directory of drone-recorded vineyards in the world, where more than 120 vineyards can be intuitively visited; from 9 countries over 4 continents. 

Menchaca’s upcoming trips: 

  • December 2020: South Africa, across it 4 producing regions Coastal Region, Breede River Valley, Klein Karoo and Olifants Rive 
  • February 2021: Argentina, from Salta, Tucuman, Rioja, Mendoza, Neuquien and Rio Negro