Michael Barreto, Winemaker
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, 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, also that year he met Chris Behr when he was searching for someone to make wine from his first harvest of Cabernet Sauvignon. After tasting the wine they both realized that it was 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 the estate blend called Por Vida, comprised of Cabernet Sauvignon, Primitivo and Mourvedre.
His strong background in Agricultural Business has helped tremendously, with many of the aspects of winemaking. “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, comprehensive voyage through Portugal’s Douro River Valley, aboard the brand new 102 passenger AmaDouro. The Douro River Valley is one of Europe’s best kept secrets, home to 2,000 year old Roman vineyards and delightful “quintas” that produce world class port and red wines. The villages are lovely, with gracious inhabitants who delight in receiving visitors from around the world.
Please note: This tour and cruise program is created solely for Oso Libre by our tour operator, Expanding Horizons of Tustin CA in conjunction with AmaWaterways. The pre and/or post-cruise program will 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.
Oso Libre winemaker Michael Barreto and his wife Joey