Mark Aselstine
July 29, 2013 | Mark Aselstine

We’re All Stanford Business Students These Days

When it comes to business schools across America, Stanford is undoubtedly near the top.  When it comes to the wine industry though, you don’t run into many Stanford MBA’s.

Well, it seems that might be changing.

Over the past two month’s we’ve run into two outstanding new wineries, both owned by Stanford graduates.  Most of the connection comes from Santiago Achaval who fell in love with the wine industry during his business school years, only to go on to feature incredibly prominently in the wine industry in South America.

As it turns out, if you’ve had a wine from Mendoz Argentina, it likely carried his name.

Now, he’s teamed with two separate business school colleagues to craft a Paso Robles project called the Farm Winery (extra points if you already see the Stanford connection) as well as a winery sourcing grapes from South America, but selling the wines directly from Napa Valley itself: Hand of God Wines.

Over the next three days we’re going to feature these three projects and the wines that they’re creating.  In the new international wine industry that we’re living in, these are important wines and important relationships.


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