To provide international expertise, Okanagan Crush Pad has engaged Alberto Antonini as our consulting winemaker and viticulturist. He has a reputation for creating some of the top wines in the world, and will work with us in the development and creation of the 2010 vintage and beyond.
Alberto Antonini earned his doctorate in agricultural studies at the University of Florence. He studied oenology at the Université de Bordeaux and UC Davis. He was a senior winemaker at Antinori and Frescobaldi in Tuscany, and at Robert Mondavi, Au Bon Climat and Qupé in California. He and partner Attilio Pagli founded the hugely influential consulting agency Gruppo Matura in 1996. Today, Antonini consults in many wine regions including Italy, Argentina, Chile, Uruguay, California, South Africa, Portugal, Spain and Australia. This now, with Okanagan Crush Pad, he expands his reach and wisdom to Canada. He first visited in 2010 to review the Switchback Vineyard and to provide advice to the design team of the Okanagan Crush Pad Winery. Now he visits Okanagan Crush Pad at least four times per year.
At home in Tuscany, he lives at Poggiotondo, on his 50-hectare estate in the western hills of Chianti, with his wife and three children.
View and download a photo of Alberto here.