We are so proud and honored by the recognition that Congressman Mike Thompson has given our beloved Winemaker, Father, Family and Friend, Gustavo Brambila!!
Congratulations to All the recipients who received the American Dream Award, Sunday July 9, 2017!!
Mr. Brambila developed an interest in wine making as he watched his father work in winery maintenance. He later joined Mike Grgich and Jim Barret in 1976 at Chateau Montelena to begin his career in the wine community. Shortly after, he joined Mike Grgich in the opening of Grgich Hill Cellars in 1977, where, in his first harvest, he produced the winning chardonnay in the Great Chardonnay Showdown of 1980. Inspired by old-world wine making techniques, Mr. Brambila produced his first wine under the Gustavo Wine label in 1996.
Mr. Brambila has been a trail blazer for both vintners and Mexican-Americans. He was one of the first Latinos to earn a degree in Fermentation Science from University of California, Davis’s oenolgy program. He has also traveled to Washington D.C., with a group of Mexican-American Vintners to support the mission of the Smithsonian Institution. Mr. Brambila has been active in our community, appearing on our local news channel and hosting events like an out-door movie night for local families. He has gained international recognition with his involvement in the landmark wine competition known as the Judgment of Paris.