Altamana owner Patrick d’Aulan comes from one of Europe’s great aristocratic families.
A Distinguished Lineage
The d'Aulan lineage extends back to 13th Century European nobility. Count Patrick d'Aulan's family owned the renowned Champagne house Piper-Heidsieck for nearly a century and a half until it was sold in 1998. In Paris, Patrick graduated with a Master’s degree in International Law, and he then decided to add to his family’s great achievements in the wine world.
Patrick d'Aulan and Didier Debono established Altamana in 2012 with the goal to resurrect century old Malbec vines planted by the pioneers of the Chilean wine industry. The two have a successful track record together, most recently with highly acclaimed Alta Vista Winery in Mendoza, Argentina, owned by d'Aulan with Debono overseeing winemaking. Alta Vista was the first to craft single vineyard Malbec wines from Mendoza; these wines have become benchmarks, achieving some of the highest ratings ever awarded to Argentine wines. The rediscovery of Chile's rare and historic old Malbec vineyards could not be in better hands.
Patrick also owns a prestigious estate in Tokaj, in northeast Hungary, home to one of the world’s renowned sweet wines. This estate’s latest vintage was rated 97 points by Wine Spectator. In 2010, Patrick was awarded the Knight of Merit of the Republic of Hungary for his dedication to the wines of Tokaj.
Patrick lives in London with his wife and four children. In addition to his passion for wines, Patrick loves traveling, sailing and flying helicopters (he’s a certified pilot).