Michael Barreto got hooked on wine by making his first barrel at home in 1999. After taking courses, he secured his first winery job in 2001, progressing quickly from a cellar position into the laboratory. He and wife Joey moved to California’s Central Coast. In 2003, Michael started at Le Vigne Winery, quickly elevating the quality and reputation of the wines. By 2009, the Le Vigne labels evolved into high-end quality wines, a testament to the winery’s superb Paso Robles vineyard.
Michael enjoys taking wines to the next level. His “AmeRhone” is a process designed to preserve concentrated flavors from the time the grapes are picked. Special tactics solidify and intensify tastes through increased skin contact before pressing. The end result is a soft, red-violet treasure.
A strong background in Agricultural Business, including produce sales, farming analysis and accounting, helped tremendously. “There are many facets to being a winemaker, from walking the vineyard to interacting with customers in the tasting room. Even the hectic sleepless environment of harvest can be joyful. A tremendous feeling results at the end of much hard work and nurturing the vines, concentrated into a wonderful vintage.”
Join Michael and Joey Barreto on a wonderful voyage on the waterways of Bordeaux, arguably the world’s epicenter of fine wine production.
Please note: This Bordeaux River cruise and wine tour program is created solely for Le Vigne Winery by our tour operator, Tours & Wine (by Expanding Horizons) of Tustin, California, in conjunction with AmaWaterways. The program will contain private meals, tours and/or visits to attractions outside of scheduled cruise activities. These additional services are exclusive to guests on this cruise who book their reservations with Expanding Horizons. Persons booking with alternative travel agencies will not be included in these activities.