A Glimpse of Gustavo Brambila
As the son of a migrant vineyard worker turned winery mechanic, Gustavo grew up surrounded by the culture, the passion, and the dedication of the individuals who helped to define this now famous wine making region. Gustavo immigrated to the Napa Valley from Jalisco, Mexico at the tender age of 3. His family settled in Rutherford and put down deep roots – a move that forever altered the path for Gustavo. Wine – the soil, the climate, the fruit and the people who labored to produce it – made an impression.
Gustavo went to the University of Oregon on a baseball scholarship, but it was a short-lived adventure – his heart remained in Napa Valley. He transferred to U.C. Davis, and was one of the first Latino graduates from the oenology program with a degree in Fermentation Sciences. After graduating in 1976 Gustavo joined Chateau Montelena, the starting point to the art of his winemaking style. He would then join Mike Grgich as he opened Grgich Hills Cellars in 1977 – where Gustavo made wines for 23 years.
Gustavo has produced wine under his own label since 1996.
Today, Gustavo makes Napa Valley wines in a style inspired by old-world winemaking techniques with a dedication to small vineyards and the highest quality fruit.
Gustavo Wine Tasting Room Location:
1021 McKinstry Street
Napa, CA 94559
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