Oso Libre Winery – Paso Robles, CA
Michael Barreto got hooked on wine by making his first barrel at home in 1999.After taking courses at CSU Fresno and UC Davis, Michael and his wife Joey moved to California’s central coast.His first winery job was in 2001, where he quickly progressed from a cellar position into the laboratory.In 2003, Michael started at Le Vigne Winery as Assistant Winemaker, the same year he met Chris Behr.Chris was searching for someone to make wine from his first harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon. After tasting the wine, they both realized that it was the start of something special.
Seventeen years later Michael and Joey have partnered with Chris and Linda Behr to create exciting, award-winning wines from the Oso Libre Vineyard in the Adelaida District of Paso Robles. One of Michael’s favorites is Por Vida, a blend of Oso Libre estate-grown Cabernet Sauvignon, Primitivo and Mourvedre.
Michael’s strong background in Agricultural Business has helped with all aspects of winemaking. He says “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.”
Oso Libre Winery invites you to join Michael & Joey Barreto on a voyage up France’s beautiful Rhone River Valley from Provence to Burgundy.Vineyards and towns along the Rhone and Saone rivers date back to the time of the Romans.The impressive architecture and art of the Romans is visible in every port on this interesting itinerary.We hope that you will join us on this adventure through two of the world’s greatest wine producing areas!
Please note: Essence of Burgundy and Provence River Cruise 2022 (hosted by Oso Libre Winery) wine tasting tour is created by our tour operator, Expanding Horizons of Tustin, CA in conjunction with AmaWaterways. This is the most popular river cruise itinerary in Europe and will sell out. The pre and/or post-cruise tour program may contain private meals, tours and/or visits to attractions. 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.