It is safe to say that winemaking is in Mathew Bruno’s blood. Long before he produced his first vintage of Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, Bruno’s Italian-born Grandfather and Great Grandfather had been growing grapes and making wine in their home cellar for more than 50 years. As a child growing up in Modesto, California, he recalls fond memories of his family gathered around the table. He noted at an early age how wine brought his uncles, Father, and friends together. A light, pink-hued concoction of 7-Up combined with a drop of red wine was Bruno’s official indoctrination to the coveted beverage at the tender age of 10.
After completing his degree at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Bruno along with his father Matt and brother Tony decided to take their passion for good wines to another level. Along with winemaker Stephens Moody, an accomplished winemaker and family friend, Bruno went about sourcing the best grapes they could find from highly distinguished vineyards in the hopes of producing exceptional wines. They were able to secure grapes from one of the most acclaimed vineyards in Rutherford, and their efforts paid off. His inaugural release, the 2009 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, debuted to critical acclaim and sold out quickly. The second vintage, the 2010 Mathew Bruno Cabernet Sauvignon, Napa Valley, received a score of 91 points from the Wine Spectator and was picked up by Bounty Hunter Rare Wines & Spirits, which added Bruno’s Cabernet Sauvignon to their well regarded catalog and website that features selective wines shipped to over two million subscribers in the U.S. To date, the fourth vintage, the 2012 is regarded as his best vintage yet. Receiving an excellent rating from Ronn Wiegand, master of wine and master sommelier and 95 points from Anthony Dias Blue, Executive Director of the San Francisco International Wine Competition. The 2012 vintage has also been featured in numerous lifestyle publications including Fortune magazine and California Style magazine.
Today, Bruno credits his Father and Grandfather for instilling in him the importance of bringing family together through the appreciation and enjoyment of good food and wine. He has also added Sauvignon Blanc and Rosé to the Mathew Bruno line of wines.
Mathew Bruno wines are small production wines sold through the winery mailing list and at selected fine wine stores and restaurants.