Congressman Mike Thompson· July 9, 2017· Rep. Mike Thompson recognized the achievements of eighteen immigrants in our district who have made remarkable contributions to our communities in the areas of Arts and Culture, Professional Achievement, Entrepreneurship and Innovation, or Community Service.
Gustavo Brambila was born in Jalsico, Mexico, and immigrated to the United States in 1957. He is a successful vintner and his hard work and ingenuity makes him one of our community’s finest entrepreneurs.
Mr. Brambila developed an interest in wine making as he watched his father work in winery maintenance. He later joined Mike Grgich and Jim Barret in 1976 at Chateau Montelena to begin his career in the wine community. Shortly after, he joined Mike Grgich in the opening of Grgich Hill Cellars in 1977, where, in his first harvest, he produced the winning chardonnay in the Great Chardonnay Showdown of 1980. Inspired by old-world wine making techniques, Mr. Brambila produced his first wine under the Gustavo Wine label in 1996.
Mr. Brambila has been a trail blazer for both vintners and Mexican-Americans. He was one of the first Latinos to earn a degree in Fermentation Science from University of California, Davis’s oenolgy program. He has also traveled to Washington D.C., with a group of Mexican-American Vintners to support the mission of the Smithsonian Institution. Mr. Brambila has been active in our community, appearing on our local news channel and hosting events like an out-door movie night for local families. He has gained international recognition with his involvement in the landmark wine competition known as the Judgment of Paris.
Gustavo Brambila article & Image provided by Mike Thompson's Staff & Photographer; retrieved by Mike Thompson's Facebook Page
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