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Gloria Ferrer Announces New Winemaker Kyle Altomare


(May 6, 2024) — Gloria Ferrer is pleased to announce the appointment of Kyle Altomare as Winemaker. Altomare will oversee wine production and winemaking operations for Gloria Ferrer while working alongside Director of Vineyard, Brad Kurtz, to ensure fruit supply and quality.

Melanie Schaefer, General Manager at Gloria Ferrer commented on Altomare’s appointment: “We are excited to have Kyle as the leader of our winemaking team. His dedication to quality and enthusiasm for innovation will drive our house-style and help Gloria Ferrer grow into the next chapter.”

Prior to joining Gloria Ferrer, Altomare held roles including Cellar Master for Clos Pegase, Enologist for Charles Krug and most recently, a five-year tenure at Raventos Codorniu North America where he held positions of Associate Winemaker for Artesa Vineyards as well as Winemaker for two brands within portfolio.

As winemaker, Altomare will be integral in making our sparkling wines. He will continue to closely interface with Kurtz to elevate the style and prestige of our estate vineyards. Altomare will refine and develop the signature house style – purity of fruit of the estate.

“I’m deeply humbled and honored to be selected to steward such an iconic brand. Over the past year, I’ve immersed myself in learning the style of the house, while also using creativity and ingenuity to help drive innovation. In the coming harvests, I look forward to continuing to produce outstanding wines that showcase how special our estate vineyards truly are.”

We’re happy to arrange interviews with Kyle, Brad and/or Melanie on the above news, if interested. Please let us know if you have any questions.

About Gloria Ferrer

The pioneering history has made Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards a leader in California sparkling wine for over 30 years.  Founded in 1986 in Sonoma, California by the Ferrer family of Spain, Gloria Ferrer combines the best of sparkling winegrowing history with the bounty of the Carneros winegrowing region using time-honored traditional method winemaking and centuries-old sustainability practices.