“Napa Valley’s rocky hillsides, diverse microclimates and unique topography make it the ideal place to make a classic Cabernet Sauvignon.”
Alejandro P. Bulgheroni is an Argentinian-Italian international vintner and successful entrepreneur in the agriculture and energy sectors. Since 1965, he has developed many projects guided by the principles of environmental preservation, investment in people and job development, the blending innovation and tradition, and the creation of healthy, high-quality products.
In 1999, he and wife Bettina discovered the village of Garzón near Punta del Este in Uruguay and conceived of a unique ranching concept. There, they transformed the region through high technology agriculture and livestock businesses and developed a self-sustaining 10,000-acre ranch dedicated to wine growing, olive oil production, nut orchards, apiculture, forestry, cattle raising and alternative energy projects.
Mr. Bulgheroni continues to develop his focused wine portfolio representing the authentic expression of the most emblematic terroirs around the world.
Santiago Cilley is a wine industry veteran of nearly 20 years with expertise in sales management, business development, strategic planning, brand marketing and development, vineyard management, and winery operations. In his role as Managing Director, he oversees U.S. Operations for the Alejandro Bulgheroni Family Vineyards companies as well as Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate.
Prior to joining the Bulgheroni team, Santiago served as the General Manager and CEO of VIA Wines, a leading Chilean winery, with exports to 30 countries and 1,000 hectares under vine. He spent nearly ten years in management roles with Jackson Family, a $600 million global producer and marketer of super premium wines, as financial planning & analysis manager and vice president of strategic planning & business development.
Santiago holds a master's degree in accounting and an MBA from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.
“The varied soils of Napa Valley are among the most unique in the world and have served as a source of inspiration in my winemaking. The opportunity to help shape the terroir for Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate is intriguing.”
After spending his youth in Bordeaux, Philippe Melka attended the University of Bordeaux where his impulsive decision to take a wine course proved pivotal. Philippe then completed a master’s program in Agronomy and Enology under the direction of terroir specialist, Professor Sequin.
Traveling widely, Philippe studied soil and made wine at Dominus Estate, Napa Valley; Chittering Estate, Australia; Badia O Coltibuono, Chianti and Chateau Petrus in Bordeaux.
He also studied under Jean Delmas, Haut-Brion; Christian Moueix and Jean Claude Berrouet, Petrus; and Paul Draper at Ridge.
Among the world’s top wine consultants, Philippe puts his expertise to work as co-proprietor of Melka Wines with wife Cherie, and consultant to some of Napa Valley’s most acclaimed estates.
As winemaker for Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate, Philippe reunites with mentor Michel Rolland.
“I am fortunate to be presented with another opportunity to collaborate with Alejandro. He brings a wealth of international wine experience to Napa Valley.”
Michel Rolland was born in Libourne, France, to a winegrowing family who encouraged him to work in the family vineyard and to study agriculture, viticulture and oenology.
Michel’s professional career began as a partner, with wife Dany, in an oenological laboratory in Libourne, which was followed by directing operations at Chateau Le Bon Pasteur in Pomerol.
Traveling widely to extend his knowledge, Michel became known internationally as a master blender, acting as consultant to such clients as: Angélus and Ausone, Saint-Emilion; Ornellaia, Tuscany; and Harlan Estate, Bryant Family, Araujo, Dalla Valle and Staglin in Napa Valley. In Argentina, he worked with Carlos Pulenta to introduce single vineyard Malbecs.
Michel is a graduate of the esteemed Bordeaux Faculty of Oenology and maintains a portfolio of wineries, including Chateau Fontenil, Fronsac; Val de Flores and Clos de los Siete, Mendoza; Yacochuya, Salta; Bonne Mouvelle; South Africa and Campo Eliseo in Spain.
“I’ve devoted my life to learning the Valley’s nuances and memorizing each site’s subtle details to persuade the land into giving us its very best.”
Jim Barbour was raised on his family’s ranch in Rutherford where he learned the life of farming, a passion for land, and the understanding that hard work breeds success.
After graduating from the University of California, Davis, Jim began a career that would lead him to become one of Napa Valley’s most sought-after viticulturists. For 40 years, he has been dedicated to his craft, producing premium wine grapes using traditional and contemporary hand-farming methods. He is widely recognized for his expertise in sustainable and organic farming. Jim has planted and managed many notable vineyards in the Valley, including Hundred Acre, Checkerboard, Gandona Estate, Blankiet, Revana, Grace Family and more
Anthony Washington has extensive hospitality and wine business experience, having most recently served as sommelier at The French Laundry in Yountville, California.
After receiving his bachelor’s degree in business management at Augusta State University in Georgia, Anthony worked as director of hospitality at Erin Hills Golf Course, where he managed food and beverage service for their multi-venue operation. He also consulted for many years at the U.S. Open, as well as the U.S. Amateur Championship on the food and beverage program.
Anthony joined the Augusta National Golf Club in 2008 as sommelier and spent over seven years managing the Club’s 20,000-bottle wine cellar focused on an extensive
futures program including artisan Napa Valley wines and rare Bordeaux and Burgundy. His responsibilities included planning and execution of the Masters Golf Tournament. By invitation, Anthony continues to work the Masters Golf Tournament each year.
In 2015, he and his family relocated to California where he joined the esteemed team at The French Laundry.
Anthony is a certified sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and is a candidate for advanced certification. He holds Hospitality and Revenue Management Certifications from Cornell University and an Advanced Certification (With Merit) from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust.
Matt is a New Zealand native from Waiheke Island and has worked for several notable wineries including Man o’ War Vineyards, Goldie Vineyard, and most recently Stonyridge Vineyard as harvest winemaker. He began his winemaking career in 2009 as assistant winemaker for Passage Rock Wines. While there, he also served as a committee member of the Waiheke Wine Growers Association.
Matt also worked harvest in Napa Valley for Screaming Eagle and Bryant Family. At Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate, Matt works closely with famed vintners Philippe Melka and Michel Rolland to produce wines according to Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate’s high standards.
Patrick brings a depth of knowledge and expertise gained through positions held in four of the world’s major wine regions, including Napa Valley, Washington, Mendoza and New Zealand. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Viticulture and Enology from Washington State University and began a career that has progressively led him from laboratory technician to viticulture and now as a cellar master for Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate. His comprehensive background makes him ideally suited to assist Matt Sands in executing the Estate’s wine program.