The ETTO Project
In 2017, Olivino embarked on a daring new project to collaborate across two continents and create something unique.
Based in Switzerland, Ettore Biraghi is a rising star in European winemaking, known for a daring and iconoclastic style that won him Gault et Millaut’s Rookie of the Year award in 2017. After visiting our vineyard in Hopland, CA, he embraced our challenge of creating distinctive organic wines in California for the European Market.
Working remotely yet in constant contact with Ettore is Sofia Rivier, Olivino’s Director of Wine Production, who oversees all vineyard and cellar operations. As a third generation winemaker raised in Argentina and trained in Switzerland, Sofia brings both scientific rigor and deep winemaking intuition to the project. This is needed to straddle different worlds while staying on target with the project and realizing Ettore’s vision for the ETTO wines.