“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.
“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.
Michael discovered the world of wine while studying abroad on the Spanish island of Mallorca. After receiving a degree in hospitality from the University of Wisconsin, he embarked upon a career-long obsession with fine wine and cuisine.
Following college, Michael joined Four Seasons Hotels where he spent five years in operations. Additional affiliations have included Auberge Resorts and Peninsula Hotels.
He has led openings and operations of venues in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, and San Francisco for Chefs José Andrés, Michael Voltaggio, and Chris Cosentino.
Most recently Michael oversaw all resort food and beverage operations at Las Alcobas Napa Valley in St. Helena.
As a certified sommelier and frequent wine judge for competitions around the United States, Michael has fulfilled his true passion as director for the Alejandro Bulgheroni Estate.
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.