Bad Brothers Wines is a unique international collaboration between two highlyrespected wine-makers, Agustín Lanús from Argentina and William Knuttel of Napa Valley. Together, with the assistance of friends and partners David Galland and Jack Zehren, the group works closely to bring to market wines that finally express the incredibly rich terroirs of the Calchaqui Valley.
Agustín Lanús is an Engineer in Agriculture, Sommelier and the first Argentine to earn the prestigious Masters of Sciences in Viticulture and Enology from the Vinifera EuroMaster programme at Montpellier SupAgro, Bordeaux Sciences Agro (France) and the Università degli studi di Torino (Italy).
Subsequently, he worked for a number of leading wine making operations around the world, in Italy (Ceretto Aziende Vitivinicole), France (Château Beychevelle), Spain (Bodega Burdigala), Portugal (Quinta Do Malho Lurton) and South Africa (KWV wines), before returning to his native Argentina and the Calchaquí Valley to pursue his passion for making wines from some of the world’s highest-altitude vineyards.
In addition to being the lead winemaker for Bad Brothers Wines, Agustín is the founder and wine-maker for Altos Terrunos, producers of the ultra-premium SUNAL brand of extreme altitude wines.
Napa and Sonoma winemaker William Knuttel has concentrated exclusively on ultra-premium winemaking for well over three decades. His wealth of experience has led him to adherence of traditional winemaking practices as the best way to produce balanced, elegant wines that pair well with foods and have excellent aging potential—the hallmarks of classic wine. The former President of the California Cabernet Society is the owner of William Knuttel Wines and a partner in three other wines, Ottimino, which produces Zinfandel exclusively from the Sonoma Coast; Teira, producer of premium Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel and Merlot and, now, Bad Brothers, specializing in producing wines from the high altitude vineyards of the Calchaqui Valley, Argentina.
Prior to starting William Knuttel Wines, Bill was VP/Winemaker at Chalk Hill Winery from 1996 to 2003, specializing in ultra-premium Cabernet Sauvignon Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, and Dry Creek Vineyard’s Executive Winemaker from 2003 to 2011. As owner/winemaker of Tria, 1995 to 2003, he produced fine Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. As Saintsbury’s wine-maker from 1983 to 1996, Knuttel established that brand as a leader in ultra-premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
An international entrepreneur who resides in the Calchaqui Valley, David Galland is managing partner in Bad Brothers Wine with responsibilities in business development and general management.
Over his long-career, David has served as a 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, Bad Brothers Wines is the one David most enjoys… every time he opens a bottle!
Jack Zehren, with offices in Vail, Colorado and Santa Barbara, California is an internationally acclaimed architect and past President of the American Association of Peruvian Paso Horses, a breed prized in the Calchaqui Valley.
Jack’s relationship with Cafayate and Bad Brothers Wines stems from his work as the master planner and lead architect for La Estancia de Cafayate sporting and lifestyle estate, one of Argentina’s premier planned communities.