With two decades of fine wine production experience, Gustavo brings a unique integration of all facets of winemaking to Mira Winery. After completing a very broad university education, Gustavo began his professional winemaking career as a laboratory technician at Robert Mondavi Winery in Napa. Demonstrating both an expedient assimilation of the winemaking process as well as creativity and innovation, Gustavo’s zeal for winemaking was recognized early in his pursuit. The result was ever increasing winemaking responsibilities, assignments abroad (Gustavo speaks English, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and German) and an uncanny intuition that makes Gustavo the expert winemaker he is today.
An accomplished winemaker responsible for some of the most famous wines in Napa Valley, Gustavo has gained a well-earned reputation around the world: his wines consistently receive high marks. In fact, one of Gustavo’s wines, Tenuta dell’Ornellaia 2001 Masseto, was described as “perhaps the greatest Tuscan red ever” and was awarded a perfect 100 point rating by Wine Spectator. During Gustavo’s tenure at Robert Mondavi Winery all of his Cabernet Sauvignon Reserve wines achieved at minimum a 95 point rating from the top publications, a point streak never before accomplished by this winery.