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Antonio Galloni

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Antonio Galloni is the founder of Vinous Media and is one of the most trusted and respected wine critics in the world.

Born in Caracas, Venezuela, Antonio’s fascination with wine started at an early age. His parents retailed Italian wines while his maternal grandfather had a deep love for Bordeaux, Burgundy and the Rhone. Antonio was reading avidly about the world’s major winemaking regions as a teen and wrote his first articles on Burgundy and Bordeaux for his high school French class.

Three years of jazz guitar in high school led Antonio to enroll in Boston’s Berklee College of Music, where he studied jazz composition and guitar. During college, Antonio’s influences included John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Pat Metheny and John Abercrombie, among many others.

A few years later, Antonio was sent on assignment to Milan, Italy, becoming the youngest expatriate at the firm. From 2000 to 2003, Antonio traveled across Italy meeting clients and taking the opportunity to experience first hand the cultural vastness that is Italy. Although Antonio had grown up in a family that appreciated good food and wine, suddenly those elements were an essential part of everyday life. While in Italy, Antonio spent virtually every free moments in the cellars of Piedmont, Tuscany and Friuli.

After coming back to the United States, Antonio enrolled in the MBA program at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Ultimately, though, the allure of Italian wine and culture was missing. Inspired and motivated by the encouragement of his closest friends, Antonio began to write a newsletter focusing on the wines of Piedmont in 2003, bringing together a lifetime of total immersion in Italian wine, the concepts he was learning in the classroom, deep influences from his time overseas and a broad vision informed by years of studying and performing music. Ultimately, the Piedmont Review made its debut in 2004, and within weeks, it had subscribers from more than 25 countries and quickly established itself as the premier guide in the world for Piedmont wines.

Antonio joined Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate as the Italian wine critic in 2006. Champagne was next in 2008, confirming the dual passions that had first ignited Antonio’s passion years before. In 2013, Antonio left The Wine Advocate to start Vinous. Galloni also ran the world’s most followed bulletin board on Italian wines and spearheaded TWA’s production of video content.

Companies and Investments

Vinous (founder)

Lessons Learned

I think what people don’t realize is that the job also requires — the way that we work — a lot of physical stamina. Place to place to place to place to place. It’s exhausting. In parts of the world like Burgundy where you’re tasting in the cellars, the temperature changes can be very severe.

Inspiring Quotes

There are two great wines in the world: Barolo and Champagne.

Antonio’s dad

Antonio Galloni's Quotes

People don’t understand. You know when people say what it takes to be a good taster; it’s your palate, your historical knowledge of a region, your experience with wines.

Antonio Galloni

When drinking an older or rare wine, I always offer the waiter or sommelier a taste.

Antonio Galloni

Influential Books

Robert Parker - Robert Parker's Wine Advocate 2010


Dad (who inspired lifelong passion for wine)