Managing Partner, Chief Winemaker
An Argentine Agronomist, Sommelier and Master of Science in Viticulture and Oenology from the highly respected Vinifera EuroMaster program, completing his studies in Montpellier and Bordeaux, France and in Asti, Italy.
After completing his master’s degree, Agustin worked in wineries around the world, including France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, South Africa, Argentina and Chile, before traveling to Salta Province, Argentina to explore the unique micro-terroirs found in the extreme altitude regions of the Calchaqui Valley.
A widely read writer on economics and an international entrepreneur who resides in La Estancia de Cafayate, a resort development in the Calchaqui Valley he helped create, David Galland is responsible for business development.
Over his long-career, David has served as a founding partner in a multi-billion dollar mutual fund group, as a co-founder of a leading online bank and as the co-founder of several highly respected investment research organizations. Of all the various enterprises in which he has partnered, working with Agustin in the developing the high and extreme altitude terroirs in the Calchaqui Valley is the one David most enjoys… every time he opens a bottle!
Director of Sales
Manuel Lanus has almost 20 years of experience in the wine and spirits industry. Manuel began his career in 1995 at Mondelez before leaving in 2000 to join a start-up, Deremate.com, today the #1 auction site in Latin America.
He then joined DIAGEO where, for eight years, he held positions of increasing responsibility in sales & exports, working with the leading Wine (Bodega Navarro Correas) & Spirits (Johnnie Walker, JB, Smirnoff) brands sold in Argentina. As Exports Director Manuel led the opening of new markets in Europe, Asia and Latin America based on partnerships with local importers & distributors.
In 2008, he joined the recognized Lurton’s Family Bodega Piedra Negra as Commercial Director where he planned and developed a long-term strategy for increasing the business in Latin America.
He then joined Hess Family Latin America as Vice-President of Sales and then CEO where he created a strategy to do a complete turnaround of their Bodega Colomé and introducing the new Bodega Amalaya as an important key to gaining distribution in new markets and channels.
Partner and Co-Winemaker, Aguayo Wine
A partner and co-winemaker for Aguayo Extreme Altitude Wine, Stefano Gandolini is considered one of Chile’s leading wine-makers. The founder of Las 3 Marias Vineyards, winner of the 2017 Best Red Wine and Best Cabernet Sauvignon awards from Descorchados, the leading South American wine magazine.
Stefano’s career includes serving as the Chief Wine Maker for Santa Rita’s Carmen and Terra Andina (Chile) and Dona Paula (Argentina) wineries. Since 1998 he has served as the wine maker at the Von Siebenthal winery, considered one of Chile’s most exclusive producers. Stefano is also currently the partner, CEO and Chief Winemaker at Gandolini and Ventolera wineries.
Partner and Co-Winemaker, Bad Brothers Wines
Napa and Sonoma winemaker William Knuttel has concentrated exclusively on ultra-premium winemaking for well over three decades. Formerly President of the California Cabernet Society is the owner of William Knuttel Wines and a partner in three other wines, Ottimino, which produces Zinfandel exclusively from the Sonoma Coast; Teira, producer of premium Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Merlot and, now, Bad Brothers, specializing in producing wines from the high altitude vineyards of the Calchaqui Valley, Argentina.
Prior to starting William Knuttel Wines, Bill was VP/Winemaker at Chalk Hill Winery from 1996 to 2003, specializing in ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, and Dry Creek Vineyard’s Executive Winemaker from 2003 to 2011. As owner/winemaker of Tria, 1995 to 2003, he produced fine Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. As Saintsbury’s wine-maker from 1983 to 1996, Knuttel established that brand as a leader in ultra-premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Partner, Bad Brothers Wines
Jack Zehren, with offices in Vail, Colorado and Santa Barbara, California is an internationally acclaimed architect and past President of the American Association of Peruvian Paso Horses, a breed prized in the Calchaqui Valley.
His work include projects located throughout the United States as well as Argentina, Chile, Korea, Vietnam, China, India, Mexico, Costa Rica and Germany. Jack’s relationship with Cafayate and Bad Brothers Wines stems from his work as the master planner and lead architect for La Estancia de Cafayate sporting and lifestyle estate, one of Argentina’s premier planned communities.