Our grandparents, Peter (Pete) and Augusta (Gusi) Brengman, were Detroit area hospitality celebrities. Pete operated the famous Continental Bowl for three decades. Grandma Gusi served as queen of our large Catholic immediate family. Her daily routine would begin each day with mass and then off for an 8-hour shift to lead the kitchen crew at our family's 'Captain' restaurants.
Our love for hospitality and sharing the finer things can surely be traced through our
Our staff are people who care about fine wine, the history and practices of which are all important for Brengman Bros. vineyard and cellar.
Rob 'Keeper of the Oyster Shucker' received his bachelor’s
Ed 'The Schmoozer' received his bachelor’s in
“Lawyer Ed” received his JD from Western Michigan
Areas of responsibility: Human Resource & Legal
Matthew started working in the vineyard at our very first harvest in 2007 (shown here with Captain). He went off to study at MSU’s Viniculture program at the University Center here in Traverse City. Matt leads his team in every order of vine pathology steps all the way to harvest. Matt’s full-time leadership of the vineyard began on the historic 2016 vintage.
Area of responsibility: Vineyards
Our new winemaker interned here in 2015 under Nathaniel Rose. This year she graduated from California Polytechnic State University’s renowned Wine & Viticulture program. When Nathaniel decided to work full time on his own label, it was the perfect time for Maggie to step in. She shares our philosophy and commitment to perfection. According to Maggie, “The fruit knows what it wants to do. Winemaking is the perfect combination of art, science, culture, and history. Sure you’re making wine, but really you’re making happiness.”
Area of responsibility: Winemaker
Brother from another mother! Upon completion of his business studies in London and Barcelona, Giovanni added to his graduations that of joining his family winery full time. Justifiably proud of possessing the world's largest planting of Refosco, he and engineer father Giampietro also make small quantities of the indigenous Verduzzo Friulano, a white variety along with the internationally- recognized Chardonnay. Their Valpanera winery and its vineyards rest upon a beneficial mix of alluvial clays and sands over a limestone subsoil in the southern section of the Aquileia district.
Area of responsibility: Off-site Wine Producer