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Glenn Salva

Antinori Wines

Glenn Salva is responsible for all winegrowing activities for Antica Napa Valley, the Antinori Family’s wine estate in Napa Valley, California. Glenn assumed the role of Wine Estate Manager in December 2002. 
Antica, with a perfectly harmonious blend of Tuscan and Californian styles in its DNA, is a symbol for Antinori California and represents the realization of a long-standing desire and is also a milestone in the production of great Antinori Family wines in the Napa Valley. As well as the family’s traditional heritage of estates in Tuscany and Umbria, investments have been made over time in other areas highly suited to quality wine production in a quest to promote new terroirs, rich in winegrowing potential.

Antica Napa Valley is located high in the eastern mountains of Napa Valley within the Atlas Peak District appellation, aptly named after Atlas Peak Mountain. The hilly terrain is considered to be ideal wine growing country, but while some may have scratched their heads and asked, “Why here?” Piero Antinori knew that the property’s location—with its rocky soil, high elevation, and mountainous terrain—has great potential for growing quality wine grapes. The vineyard is our stage with 600 planted acres in an amphitheatre-like setting thanks to the fact that the estate is located in the elevated Foss Valley. The estate is surrounded by steep slopes rising on all sides and is located at the headwaters of two watersheds that flow into deep canyons to the Napa Valley below.  Antica’s steep, rocky, well-drained soils met their perfect match with Cabernet Sauvignon. The grapes are planted on the high slopes of our estate where volcanic soil and rock outcrops are the norm. The estate’s lowest elevation is on the floor of Foss Valley at an elevation of 1,450 feet where Chardonnay grapes are planted on loamy, well-drained soils (care of volcanic bedrock which eroded from above).
The Antinori Family has been making wine for over 625 years.  Throughout its long history, spanning 26 generations, the family has always personally managed the business from their offices in Florence and, today, remains entirely family owned. Marchese Piero Antinori is President of the company and is assisted by his three daughters, Albiera, Allegra, and Alessia.   The Antinori Family reputation has grown throughout the centuries by making innovative, sometimes courageous choices, always with unwavering respect for tradition and the land.  The core of the Antinori philosophy is to maximize the undiscovered potential of specific wine regions, soils, and microclimates while staying true to the tradition, culture, and taste which give Antinori wines their individuality.
In addition to his Napa Valley responsibilities, Glenn also provides assistance to other Antinori wine ventures.  In Washington state, Antinori along with Ste. Michelle Wine Estates produces Col Solare. In Chile, the wine Albis is produced by Antinori along with the Eduardo A. Matte family of Haras de Pirque.  In September 2007, Antinori and Ste. Michelle Wine Estates purchased Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars located in Napa Valley.

Glenn earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Cornell University in 1976 where he majored in Viticulture.  Glenn brings over twenty-five years of Napa Valley winegrowing experience to his responsibilities at Antica Napa Valley.  Glenn lives in Napa Valley with his wife, Anne Marie, and daughter, Gabriella.

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