Mitolo Wines was founded in 1999 in Australia’s McLaren Vale by Frank Mitolo, whose Italian roots inspired an early interest in food and wine. The family started large horticultural enterprises before Frank Mitolo decided to start a winery. He hired winemaker Ben Glaetzer and the first wine was called G.A.M., named after Frank’s three children, Gemma, Alexander and Marco. Though the estate makes Cabernet Sauvignon as well as limited amounts of Vermentino and Rose, it is best known from its G.A.M. Shiraz. The Wine Advocate called the 2005 G.A.M. “a tour de force in winemaking” and rated it at 95 pts.