VWE.Winemakers.1511.PRGlenn Hugo: Winemaker

Glenn Hugo was appointed Winemaker for Sonoma Valley’s B.R. Cohn Winery in April of 2018. He assumes the role previously held by his mentor, Marco DiGiulio, Chief Winemaker for the Vintage Wine Estates family of wines which owns both properties.

Hugo’s background in the restaurant industry informs his approach to winemaking and wine as part of the culinary experience. A native Texan, Hugo developed his passion for wine in the restaurant industry before moving with his wife to Napa Valley in 2003 to pursue a dream of becoming a winemaker.

“My wife and I quit our jobs and packed up everything 15 years ago to follow our love for wine,” explained Hugo.

Hugo’s formative winemaking experience was in Napa Valley and includes early assignments with Provenance Vineyards, where he learned from Napa legend Tom Rinaldi. As General Manager of Bounty Hunter Wine Bar in downtown Napa, Hugo met renowned winemaker Marco DiGiulio who launched Hugo on his winemaking career at Girard Winery Napa Valley.

He started at Girard Winery as a harvest intern. Quickly promoted to Cellar Master and Assistant Winemaker, Hugo earned the title of Girard Winemaker in 2010. He will continue in this role as he takes on a new estate and appellation.

Hugo has garnered numerous awards, accolades and 90+ point scores for the Girard portfolio and is looking forward to continuing the high-scoring tradition at B.R. Cohn Winery.

“Olive Hill Vineyard is one of the premier Cabernet Sauvignon terroirs in all of Sonoma,” said Hugo. It’s a very special site and I am looking forward to my first vintage and many vintages to come.”

Glenn Hugo’s winemaking philosophy is simple: wine is to be shared with friends, family and great food; it is a living and breathing expression that constantly evolves and instills memories. He describes himself as down-to-earth and one of the least pretentious winemakers you’ll encounter.

“I appreciate wines from all over the world, but this is home,” explained Hugo. “I’ve had great wines from Napa and Sonoma and now my personal and professional goal is to make wines in both.”