Gudrun is a graduate of the very prestigious all-girl, Catholic academy and preparatory school of Wagna, Austria. Soon after graduation, with her natural and instinctive artistic flair, she joined for a brief time the Vienna Opera House as a member of its artists in residence working on stage scenery and make-up. Her skills soon garnered her an offer to work in the United States as a member of the make-up artists for the Broadway travelling production of Cats. Visiting different areas of the country, she fell in love with South Florida where she settled and established her own successful optical boutique in Palm Beach.
She met her husband, successful entrepreneur and Broadway producer, Robert Cuillo, nearly fifteen years ago. They married a few years later and in the ensuing years they have co-produced on and off Broadway productions, established Casalvento Winery and revitalized Livernano, a medieval village. Both properties are located in the Chianti region of Italy (Radda in Chianti, Siena).
Gudrun, whose family was involved in the European wine industry, herself an oenophile and gourmand, soon convinced Bob, since they already owned property in Tuscany, Casalvent o, which they were in the process of restoring, that they should enter the wine industry. Concurrent with this, they discovered that their estate had wine rights. The land had lain dormant for years its reclamation was begun. Soon thereafter, they purchased the Azienda Agricola Livernano. With her typical zest and zeal, she embarked upon a learning quest: Making the best Italian wines, at a world-class level. The couple succeeded.
Her perseverance and dedication to her craft, also garnered a contract (tender) with Lufthansa German Airlines, in which they will serve in all their Trans-Atlantic flights in business class Livernano's L'Anima. This wine was also well-received, selected, and featured at all Morton's restaurants throughout the United States, as well as Josephine, a red wine, which was created for them.
Gudrun started to experiment and ply her trade, alongside award-winning and well-respect oenologist, Stefano Chioccioli. She has evolved into one of the top female winemakers in Tuscany. Under her watchful guidance, the estates are producing numerous world-class wines; most notable among them, under the Casalvento label are: Chianti Classico Riserva 2005: Gold medal LA county fair Los Angeles, Chianti Classico Riserva 2006: 93 points on Wine Spectator; Chianti Classico Riserva 2007: Gold medal LA county fair Los Angeles; 4 stars on Decanter; Janus 2007: 94 points on Wine Spectator; Janus 2005: 92 points on Wine Spectator, Chianti Classico 2007: 90 points on Wine Spectator. And, under the Livernano label: Three glasses (tre bicchieri) featured in the Gambero Rosso Guide six (6) times with: Livernano 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003, 2005 and Chianti Classico Riserva 2004; Chianti Classico Riserva 2004: Gold medal LA county fair Los Angeles; Chianti Classico Riserva 2005: Silver medal LA county fair Los Angeles; Chianti Classico Riserva 2006: 92 points on Wine Spectator; Chianti Classico Riserva 2007: Silver medal LA county fair Los Angeles; 3 stars on Decanter; Chianti Classico 2006: 90 points on Wine Spectator; Livernano 2003: Silver medal LA county fair Los Angeles; Livernano 2006: 91 points on Wine Spectator; Livernano 2007: Silver medal LA county fair Los Angeles; Purosangue 2006: 90 points on Wine Spectator.