Winemaking

Winemaker Gloria Mercado-Martin

Born and raised in Spain by a Spanish mother and a Puerto Rican father who loved the outdoors and food and wine, Gloria was destined to spend time in vineyards and wineries.

Gloria brings a wealth of experience to her role as winemaker for Don Sebastiani & Sons, as she has spent the last fifteen years working up the winery ladder. She first worked as research enologist at Beringer Vineyards, where she learned all about winemaking and viticulture. She then served as director of enology at Domaine Chandon before becoming assistant winemaker. Over the next seven years, she spent time working in both sparkling and still wine programs at Domaine Chandon and its sister winery, Newton Vineyard. In 2007, Gloria returned to Beringer Vineyards, where she worked as the assistant winemaker before accepting that role at Jackson Family Wines. As assistant winemaker, Gloria handled all aspects of the winemaking process from grape to bottle, and coordinated the blending and processing of forty-one different labels across twelve different brands.

Gloria received a B.S. degree in Agricultural Engineering at the University of Seville, Spain, a second B.S. in Viticulture at CSU Fresno, and an M.S. in Enology at the University of California at Davis.

She is an avid reader and loves to create pieces of mixed art from discarded objects such as wood scraps, corks and whatever else she finds on her journey.