Bob Iantosca Executive Winemaker
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards | Sonoma, California | https://www.gloriaferrer.com
Executive Winemaker Bob Iantosca travels as a historian and ambassador for Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards, educating wine lovers and trade around the country about its wines and distinctive Sonoma Carneros terroir. An early sparkling wine pioneer, he mentored current Winemaker Steven Urberg in the creation of Gloria Ferrer’s award winning wines.
Bob’s vision and desire for challenge were revealed to the Ferrer family in the 1980s when his search for available Pinot Noir clones led him to conduct clonal trails on the estate vineyard with VP Production Mike Crumly and later visit Champagne for greater research. This extensive research and the family’s support of high quality winemaking allowed Bob to cultivate Gloria Ferrer’s estate vineyards from 20 to 335 acres. He also experimented with some 20 Chardonnay and Pinot Noir selections and led the winery to expand its repertoire to include intensely flavorful cool-climate estate varietal wines. Today, almost 30 years later, he is an undisputed expert in heritage vine selections.
“Working at Gloria Ferrer from the winery’s beginning has been a tremendous opportunity,” he says. “I love what I do because there is always something new to learn about the land and the grapes,” he says.
This attention to detail and love of the land has made all the difference in the quality of the sparkling and estate varietal wines that continue to be made a Gloria Ferrer. “The synergy between the winemaking and winegrowing teams is one of our greatest benefits, particularly when it comes to Pinot Noir,” he says. “Mike and Steven continue to study every block, year after year, with the ability to choose the rootstocks, clones, trellising, vine spacing — everything we need to make the best sparkling and estate varietal wines from these Carneros vineyard sites. ”
Bob lives in Sonoma County with his wife Julia, also a winemaker. Together, they cultivate more than six acres of Pinot Noir as a personal project. When not making wine, Bob enjoys mountain biking, steelhead fishing, and cooking, both indoors and out, for his family.
Bob will be pouring at
The Debut of Rosé on April 5, 2017
The American Lamb Aprés Tasting, April 6, 2017
The Mountain Top Tasting April 7, 2017
The Grand Tasting April 8, 2017
The Blending Seminar with Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards on Saturday, 9:30-11:00 AM Saturday, April 8, 2017