Inheriting the romance and passion of his ancestors, Julio has always been attracted to wine. He is well versed in the culture, the pleasure and the romance around it. After growing up in a family owned winery he moved on to an international group with which he settled in New York City and travelled the world communicating and educating many about wine. He now lives back in Mendoza with his wife Vicky and his children Isabel (vintage 2008) and Alfonso (vintage 2009) convinced that the best of Argentine wine is still to come.
Hilaire Lasmartres and Olisine Binon (Julio’s Great Great Grand Parents) were a young couple in love who decided to leave France and move to Argentina after receiving reprobation from her family for their marriage. The wealthy girl abandoned her family Bordeaux Estate to follow her adventurous (but not so rich) husband-to-be to a far off place where they would be free to be together and to produce wine for a living. Pioneering quality wines in Argentina, Hilaire Lasmartres rapidly won a solid reputation as one of the country’s top producers obtaining his first wine Gold Medal in the World Fair held in Paris in 1878 (probably the first Gold Medal ever won by an Argentine wine abroad).
From his mother’s side, Julio grew up in a winery called Nieto. His first memories are related to the enthusiasm that Argentine caused in foreign markets, where Nieto winery had an important presence as it was among the first to start selling its wines throughout the world. This new market perspective was a lighthouse for his later commitment of promoting Argentine wines all around the globe.