THE WINEMAKING TEAM

JEAN-MICHEL JUSSIAUME

Winemaker

I have been with Del Rio Vineyards as their Head Winemaker since 2008. I was raised by my winemaking family at our vineyards in the Loire Valley, France, and have been drawn to winemaking my entire life. I studied Enology and Viticulture at the school of Briacé Loire Valley. After my studies, I travelled the world in order to expand my winemaking knowledge and understanding. This led me through the vineyards of France, Hungary, Australia, and South Africa, all sparking my sense of creativity and curiosity. The pioneer spirit of Oregon always intrigued me, and I wanted to experience that spirit and the unique terroir first hand. It is the perfect location to express my winemaking style, one that arouses curiosity through originality, as well as respect for the fruit and terroir. I hope the taster of Del Rio wines finds a layer of complexity, balance, and texture with each smell and sip that tells the story of our vineyard site.

AURÉLIEN LABROSSE

Assistant Winemaker

I grew up in the South of Burgundy surrounded by green pastures. My mother instilled in me a great love for cooking. We often used the produce of our family garden when preparing meals. I always loved being part of the transformation process: selecting, chopping, sautéing, pairing. After studying and working in wine marketing, I did my first harvest in Burgundy and decided to devote myself entirely to the production of wine. I got my degree in Oenology and Viticulture at the Blanquefort School of Wine in Bordeaux. I then travelled to Chile and Israel to learn about winemaking from different perspectives. Before moving to Oregon in 2012, I worked in the vineyards of Burgundy and Bordeaux, focused on producing the best quality grapes. To be a part of the young developing region here in Southern Oregon was an appealing challenge that ultimately led me to joining the Del Rio family. Our unique vineyard allows us to produce premium grapes that turn into wines expressing a true sense of identity. Dedicated to producing wines reflecting our terroir and its richness, I strongly believe in the wine as being a conduit for pleasure and simplicity, an experience to share, a moment to live.

Great wine requires a mad man to grow the vine, a wise man to watch over it, a lucid poet to make it, and a lover to drink it.” Salvador Dali

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JONATHAN MALDONADO

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TONI MÜHLBACHER

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