Managing Partner, Chief Winemaker
Agustín Lanús is an Argentine Agricultural Engineer, Sommelier and Master of Science in Viticulture and Oenology from the highly respected Vinifera EuroMaster program, completing his studies in Montpellier and Bordeaux, France and in Asti, Italy.
Before and after completing his master’s degree in Europe’s most prestigious program for winemaking, Agustin worked in wineries around the world, including Ceretto, Alba, Italy; Chateau Beychevelle, Bordeaux, France; Rutini, Tupungato, Argentina; Bodega Burdigala, Toro, Spain; Lurton, Douro, Portugal; KWV, Paarl, South Africa.
In 2006 Agustin traveled to Salta Province, Argentina with the specific goal of exploring the unique micro-terroirs found in the extreme altitude regions of the Calchaqui Valley.
Today, Agustin Lanus is widely recognized as a leading authority in viticulture involving high and extreme altitude terroirs, expressing the special qualities of those terroirs in each bottle of SUNAL extreme altitude wines, and Bad Brothers Wines made from high altitude vineyards around the town of Cafayate, Argentina where Agustin Lanus Wines is located.
In 2018, his newest extreme altitude wine, SUNAL Ilogico, was awarded Wine of the Year by WineStrategist Mariano Brago.
In addition to managing extreme altitude vineyards and making wine, Agustin is a partner in Bad Brothers Wine Experience, a leading restaurant and wine bar in Cafayate.
A widely read writer on economics and an international entrepreneur who resides in La Estancia de Cafayate, a resort development in the Calchaqui Valley he helped create, David Galland is responsible for business development.
Over his long-career, David has served as a founding partner in a multi-billion dollar mutual fund group, as a co-founder of a leading online bank and as the co-founder of several highly respected investment research organizations. Of all the various enterprises in which he has partnered, working with Agustin in the developing the high and extreme altitude terroirs in the Calchaqui Valley is the one David most enjoys… every time he opens a bottle!
Director of Sales
Manuel Lanus has almost 20 years of experience in the wine and spirits industry. Manuel began his career in 1995 at Mondelez before leaving in 2000 to join a start-up, Deremate.com, today the #1 auction site in Latin America.
He then joined DIAGEO where, for eight years, he held positions of increasing responsibility in sales & exports, working with the leading Wine (Bodega Navarro Correas) & Spirits (Johnnie Walker, JB, Smirnoff) brands sold in Argentina. As Exports Director Manuel led the opening of new markets in Europe, Asia and Latin America based on partnerships with local importers & distributors.
In 2008, he joined the recognized Lurton’s Family Bodega Piedra Negra as Commercial Director where he planned and developed a long-term strategy for increasing the business in Latin America.
He then joined Hess Family Latin America as Vice-President of Sales and then CEO where he created a strategy to do a complete turnaround of their Bodega Colomé and introducing the new Bodega Amalaya as an important key to gaining distribution in new markets and channels.
Partner and Co-Winemaker, Aguayo Wine
A partner and co-winemaker for Aguayo Extreme Altitude Wine, Stefano Gandolini is considered one of Chile’s leading wine-makers. The founder of Las 3 Marias Vineyards, winner of the 2017 Best Red Wine and Best Cabernet Sauvignon awards from Descorchados, the leading South American wine magazine.
Stefano’s career includes serving as the Chief Wine Maker for Santa Rita’s Carmen and Terra Andina (Chile) and Dona Paula (Argentina) wineries. Since 1998 he has served as the wine maker at the Von Siebenthal winery, considered one of Chile’s most exclusive producers. Stefano is also currently the partner, CEO and Chief Winemaker at Gandolini and Ventolera wineries.