Jean Léon's real name is Angel Ceferino Carrión Madrazo. He was born in Santander on April 28, 1929. At an early age he decided to try his luck in the United States. In the French port of Le Havre, he came to the US as a stowaway aboard a ship. At 17 he started his career at Villa Capri in Hollywood, the restaurant of Frank Sinatra and Joe DiMaggio. And was then called Jean Léon.
His love for good wines led him to start his own vineyard in Spain in 1963. In Torrelavit, 50km west of Barcelona, he found what he was looking for: a domain with excellent soil conditions and a microclimate for viticulture. Together with his right hand maestro Jaume Rovira, forerunner of innovative techniques, he radically changed viticulture. To the surprise of the winegrowers in the area, Jean Léon replaced the local vines by grafting Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc and Chardonnay vines from prestigious French wineries. A decision that led to the development of the first Cabernet Sauvignon wines from Spain. The number 3055 refers to Jean Leon's job as a taxi driver in NY: after all, his license number was 3055.