Torcuato Huertas was born in El Marchal, a tiny town in eastern Andalusia, but emigrated to the south of France with his parents when he was just 14 years old. This was back in the days when General Franco was wreaking havoc in Spain and Torcuato's family were on the other side of the political spectrum. They subsequently worked as farm labourers and harvest workers in the Camargue, where they dreamed of owning their own land on the slopes of the Sierra Nevada. Years later, after Franco's death, they finally realised their dream. They returned home to Andalusia and began to cultivate their grandfather's old olive groves and vineyards anew, sometimes even replanting them with the grape varieties of their long-time host country.