Stefano Gandolini is a remarkable man. He was born in Chile in 1966 and straddles many different cultures. He is bilingual in Italian and Spanish, and speaks fluent French and English. He has travelled all over the world to work and study and has absorbed many different influences. He has a degree in Agronomy from the Universidad Catolica in Chile, a Masters in Oenology from Piacenza, Italy, and an Oenology degree from Bordeaux University.
He completed his studies with work experience, including Château Cos d'Estournel in 1994, Château Pavie 1994/5, Louis Latour in Burgundy 1995, and Robert Mondavi in California in 1996.
Having previously worked for Doña Paula in Argentina, Viña Vista Mar and Santa Rita in Chile, he now is winemaker and managing director of is GVV Terroirs, which stands for Gandolini, Ventolera, a property in Leyda making excellent cool climate pinot and sauvignon blancs, and von Sibenthal, a property in Aconcagua making a number of wines from red varieties including carmenère.