Adolfo brings extensive technical expertise as well as a background with small, family-owned wineries. He came to Benovia most recently from Pahlmeyer Winery in St. Helena, where he served as a Harvest Enologist. He standardized all lab protocols in order to facilitate winemaking for the 500-ton operation. Prior to that, he served as Assistant Winemaker at Checkerboard Vineyards in Calistoga. There, he oversaw all of the winemaking activities for Checkerboard as well as the Levy & McClellan brands.
As an enologist at the Araujo Estate Winery, Adolfo was involved in overseeing the lab procedures, the winemaking, the vineyard and the cellar, ensuring quality throughout the process from field to bottle. He started his career in wine as a Laboratory Technician at Clos du Bois, where he supervised the lab to ensure productivity and efficiency.
Adolfo received a BS in Biological Sciences, Molecular and Cellular, from California Polytechnic State University, followed by an MBA from Sonoma State University. He is fluent in Spanish and English, and, when he’s not making wine, he is a master pianist.