Victor Alvarez

Proprietor

Growing up in Colombia, South America, near his family’s cattle and dairy operations, Victor Alvarez learned to appreciate farming skills as well as the pastoral beauty of the land. Although he pursued a successful medical career, Victor maintained his love of agriculture by establishing Miraflores Winery in 2003.

Victor is a practicing pathologist in Arizona, and on weekends you’ll find him at Miraflores. While the precision demanded of his medical specialty has influenced the winery’s focus on quality from grape to glass, Victor credits his winemaking team for its award-winning vintages.

Victor says, “Enjoy Miraflores wines in good health.”

Marco Capelli

Winemaker

Marco Cappelli is a gifted winemaker considered to be both an artist and technician for his new and old school practices, creating fine wines that best reflect our vineyard’s terroir. In fact, his love of the vine runs deep: Marco is as comfortable tending his own El Dorado County vineyards as he is crafting wines in the Miraflores cellar.

A UC Davis graduate in enology, Marco has been with Miraflores since 2003. Previously, he made wines for Swanson Vineyards in Rutherford for 17 years, and apprenticed in Italy, France and Australia.

Marco lives by the belief, “Wine is as integral a part of our daily lives as bread and pasta, and a whole lot more fun.”

Ashlee Cuneo

General Manager & Sommelier

Ashlee Cuneo is the new General Manager here at Miraflores. She previously served as the winery’s in-house Sommelier, conducting library wine tastings and serving as a Sommelier for our PAIRINGS Food + Wine events.

Ashlee was born and raised in the heart of the Sonoma County wine country. Exploring unique and unusual flavors in food, wine, and new places was something she had always been passionate about. With the belief that wine truly has a “soul”, she realized she wanted to create a career using that passion. She attended the French Culinary Institute in Campbell, CA. where she studied under Master Sommelier, Erik Entriken.

Fernando Abarca

Assistant Winemaker

Fernando grew up in Morelos, Mexico, where he studied at the Zacatep Institute of Technology. But it wasn’t until he started working in the Sierra Foothills that he developed a passion for wine. While working in the vineyards, he learned one of his most important wine-making lessons: that, as his mentor Marco Cappelli says, “good grapes make good wines.”

Starting in 2007, Fernando became Cappelli’s apprentice in the Miraflores cellar, and since then he has become a true believer in the magic of wine. He says wine — so “unique and beautiful” — is as important to a meal as food, and that it is meant to be shared and enjoyed.