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Balbo, Susana

About the winemaker

Personal information

Name: Balbo, Susana
Age: 59 Years

Current position:

Chief Winemaker and CEO at Dominio del Plata Winery

Previous work experience:
  • 1999-2010 – CEO at Dominio del Plata Winey
  • 2000-2002 – Export Manager at Bodega Catena Zapata
  • 1998-2000 – Consultancy works for different wineries such as Villa Atuel S.A., “Gonzalez Byass” Spain, Catena (in charge of the Agrelo winery investment), Viña Manquehue (Chile).
  • 1996-1998 – Production Director at Bodega Martins
  • 1990-1995 – CEO at Bodega Lovaglio Balbo
  • 1990-1992 – Vice-president and Director at Bodega Viñas de Balbo
Studies abroad:

Winemaking consultancy for English companies in Spain.
Winemaking and business consultancy for Chilean, Spanish and Italian wine companies investing in Argentina. Trainings in different wineries in California, Italy, France, Spain, Australia, such as Stags Leap Wine Cellars, Villa Banfi and Villa Mt Eden.

List of best wines and their awards:
  • Crios de Susana Balbo Torrontés – Argentina Wine Awards 2010- Trophy, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar 2010- 90 pts, GQ Magazine 2010- “Wine bargain of the year”, Robert Parker’s 2009- “World’s Best Wine Values Under $25”, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate 2009- 90 pts, Wine & Spirits Magazine 2009- Value Brand of the Year.
  • Crios Rosé of Malbec 2009 – Argentina Wine Awards 2010- Trophy AWA 2010, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (Jan- Feb 2010) 89 points, Robert Parker’s “World’s Best Wine Values Under $25” (Dec 2009), Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (2009) 89 points, Wine & Spirits Magazine (2009) Value Brand of the Year: 2009, 2007, 2004.
  • Nosotros 2006 – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar 2009- 93 pts, Robert Parker Jr.’s “The Wine Advocate” 2008- 94 pts, Wine Spectator 2008- 94 pts
  • Susana Balbo Brioso 2005 – Robert Parker Jr.’s “The Wine Advocate” 2007 92 pts, Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar 2008 91 pts, Wine and Spirits 2008 91 pts.
  • Susana Balbo Malbec 2008 – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar 2010- 90 pts, Wine Spectator 2009- 91 pts, Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate (2009) 91 points.
  • BenMarco Expresivo 2007 – Stephen Tanzer’s International Wine Cellar (2010) 90 pts, Wine Spectator (2009) 92 pts
Awards / Scholarships:
  • 2010 – Vicepresident of Wines of Argentina
  • 2006 – 2010 – President of Wines of Argentina
  • 2005 – High Impact Entrepreneur (Endeavor)
  • 2003 – Endeavor Entrepreneur
  • 1996 – Business Woman of the Year
  • 1981 – Graduated with Gold Medal at“Universidad J.A.Maza” Mendoza.
Vision of the Argentinian wine industry:

Argentina has a huge potential. It offers the chance to make high quality wines expressing the generosity of our land and climate.