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John Raffaeli
C3 Argentina Holdings

“A friend and I recently purchased a vineyard in Mendoza, Argentina and have begun the process of growing grapes and making wine. Despite our love of wine, neither of us had hands on experience, prompting me to attend UC Davis’ Wine Executive Program in hopes of acquiring a broad foundation in all aspects of the craft.  I was not disappointed.  Not only were my expectations exceeded, I also developed a network of leading professionals that will endure for years to come.  It was one of the most energizing and productive weeks I have ever spent.”

Artina is named after John’s Italian winemaking grandparents, Arturo and Rosina Raffaeli, combining the first part of Arturo with the last part of Rosina to create Artina.  The vineyard is in San Rafael, Mendoza, Argentina where they grow Malbec, Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Chardonnay.