Alejandro Bulgheroni Thinks Big
At Chateau Cheval Blanc, LVMH’s Bernard Arnault remains the richest wine heiress; but Alejandro Bulgheroni of Argentina holds close company.
He built his fortune through energy before transitioning to agriculture – with vineyards and olive groves being his area of expertise. Today he owns 16 estates across four continents including Uruguay’s Bodega Garzon and Tuscany’s Dievole.
Early Life and Education
Bulgheroni’s success in oil and gas aside, he remains an enthusiastic philanthropist who has donated millions to numerous charitable causes as well as supporting cultural institutions throughout Argentina.
At first, he planned on using his land in Uruguay for a wind farm; however, after consulting with Carlos Pulenta from Bodegas Vistalba in Mendoza he opted for vineyard planting instead.
Bulgheroni’s inaugural production on his namesake estate was the 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon under Lithology label; this name pays homage to both Bulgheroni’s background in geology and founding winemaker Melka’s expertise in mineralogy. Since then, these wines have garnered significant critical acclaim, particularly the 2014 Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon.
Each wine in our portfolio reflects its specific terroir; yet all are united by their dedication to sustainability.
Alejandro Bulgheroni has amassed an estimated fortune estimated at more than $4 billion and invested an impressive portion of it into wine projects across the globe, most notably Bodega Garzon in Uruguay, situated east of Punta del Este and featuring vineyards, winery facilities, luxury club, golf course, restaurant helmed by chef Francis Mallmann as well as Colinas de Garzon olive oil mill.
Since 2011, Bulgheroni has acquired two fixer-upper properties every year and begun construction of wineries in Argentina, France and Australia. He works closely with Michel Rolland and Philippe Melka – two industry heavyweights known for their winemaking expertise – to oversee his projects. All his estates operate according to principles that prioritize environmental conservation, investment in people development and blending innovation with tradition.
Achievement and Honors
Alejandro Bulgheroni is an accomplished businessman with an array of investments. He takes great pleasure in innovating sustainable practices and crafting high-quality wines.
Bulgheroni has amassed a premium wine portfolio across four continents, from revitalization of historic regional estates to developing entirely new projects from scratch. His wineries exemplify terroir-driven wine individuality and can be found across South America, Europe and North America.
Bulgheroni began his wine explorations knowing nothing, yet has made great strides to learn as much as he could about winemaking and vineyard management. Working closely with winemakers and vineyard managers at his wineries to enhance quality and efficiency – including using innovative technology at Bodega Garzon and eliminating chemical pesticides at established estates such as Dievole – while simultaneously being an avid patron of cultural endeavors and initiatives.
Bulgheroni is from Rufino, Argentina and had his family business, Bridas Corporation, become one of the country’s leading energy firms before selling his stake to CNOOC in 2011. Since then he remains chairman of its successor organization: Pan American Energy Group.
He owns multiple sustainable wineries across the world, such as his flagship Uruguayan winery Garzon as well as operations in Argentina, California, Italy and France.
He holds an especially deep connection to Tuscany, where his vineyards include Dievole in Chianti Classico, Podere Brizio and Poggio Landi in Montalcino and Tenuta Le Colonne in Bolgheri. Together with his wife Bettina he also owns an estate in Napa Valley. Beyond his business interests he is dedicated to wine and its enjoyment while supporting educational institutions including children’s hospitals in Buenos Aires with funds donated from these projects.
Bulgheroni’s success can be credited to his keen business sense and desire for innovation. His contributions have made a profound impact across industries worldwide – making him a formidable entrepreneur to reckon with.
He and Carlos (deceased September 2016), his late brother, took over their late father’s energy firm Bridas Corp in Argentina – originally founded by him to provide parts for Argentina’s national oil company pipeline network – when it was passed on to them decades earlier. Over time they expanded it, selling half to China’s state overseas oil company for US$35 Million in 2010.
He owns several wine estates in Uruguay, Argentina, California and Tuscany that reflect his passion and commitment to sustainability. Furthermore, he makes significant donations to cultural institutions in his home country of Uruguay while taking part in various philanthropic endeavors.