BARGETTO Winemaker Olivia Teutschel is a Santa Cruz native. Olivia grew up in the Santa Cruz beachside suburb of Rio del Mar and graduated from Aptos High in 2005. After graduating high school she applied to various colleges with wine related degrees because she thought she wanted to market and sell wine. After attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo for a few years Olivia realized she wanted to make wine. In 2008 Olivia had the good fortune to study abroad in two different areas of the winemaking world. In the winter she studied abroad in Adelaide, Australia, and that summer she traveled to Switzerland for a summer school program focused on comparing old-world and new-world winemaking techniques and technology. It was really on these two trips that Olivia decided to pursue winemaking as her career.
Ms. Teutschels 1st harvest in 2007 was in San Luis Obispo’s Edna Valley wine region working for Orcutt Road Cellars. After graduating from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2009 with a B.S. in Wine and Viticulture and a Double Concentration in Wine Business and Enology she went on to Sebastiani Vineyards in Sonoma and worked as a harvest laboratory intern. Her next adventure took her to the Awatere Valley in New Zealand where she worked the 2010 harvest for Vavasour Winery. After returning home to Santa Cruz from the harvest in New Zealand, Olivia started working for BARGETTO WINERY as laboratory technician in 2010 just before harvest. In 2012 she became Assistant Winemaker and in early 2014 was promoted to Head Winemaker. The coming 2014 vintage will be Olivia’s 9th harvest and 5th crush with BARGETTO WINERY.
Olivia truly enjoys working in her hometown and fully embraces the unique attributes of the SCM wine region. “There are so many great wineries and such great support from our local community. I’ve been lucky to have the opportunity to learn and grow at BARGETTO WINERY and look forward to sharing the fruits of my labor with our Wine Club Members and visitors.”