Matías Kúsulas

Head winemaker
Gård Vintners, Desert Wind Winery

Head Viticulturist
Lawrence Vineyards, MLMG

Founder and Winemaker
Valo, Massalto Wines


A Chilean with Greek roots, Matías was a Marine officer and Naval Engineer in Chile for more than seven years when he realized that it was time to change the course of his career: In 2005, he started studying Agricultural Engineering at the University of Chile, where he graduated with distinction and a major in Viticulture and Enology. He worked in Chile for a few years and in 2011 he decided to start traveling the world on a quest to learn new wine-making techniques. After several harvests in Oceania, Europe, and Africa, he settled down in France, to do his post degree at the Universities of Bordeaux and Montpellier. He also performed for two years as a Maître de Chai for one of the oldest and most reputable wineries in Condrieu and Côte-Rôtie.

After years of traveling and over 15 harvests, he came to the United States and joined Gård Vintners as a Production Winemaker and Viticulturist and is currently Head Winemaker for Gård Vintners and Desert Wind Winery, in addition to consulting for other WA wineries. He’s also Owner/Winemaker for Valo Cellars, and Massalto, and Head Viticulturist for Lawrence Vineyards and MLMG. Matías and his team are responsible for the production of over 100 wines a year, and he manages 1100 acres of vineyards across WA state. In his spare time, he likes to jump out of planes and is a Judo Black Belt. 

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