West Coast Roots...
Until 2013, I spent most of my adult life living in the San Francisco Bay Area. It was there where I answered to the call of the wine siren. In 2008 I said farewell to my clean clothed corporate IT career and became a harvest intern at Donkey & Goat Winery in Berkeley, CA. The immersive and labor intensive hours gave me a new appreciation of wine.
In 2009 I attended what was formerly the French Culinary Institute, now known as the International Culinary Center, where I graduated with a Level II Sommelier Certification from the Court of Master Sommeliers. I had the honor of being taught by some of the world's top Master Sommeliers who instilled in me the importance of humility.
My California palate was forever changed and I found myself in love with Old World wine.
East Coast Terroir...
Originally from Greenwich, Connecticut, I have returned to the East Coast and now call the beautiful Monticello American Viticultural Area of Virginia, home. I am committed to growing the Montifalco Vineyard brand, vineyard and winery portfolio, while continuing the high service standards that have given us a humbling reputation as one of the best winery hospitality experiences in Virginia.
Old World Tradition...
Each year I travel to Europe and other old world wine regions in search of new wines to offer in the tasting room alongside the Montifalco Vineyard Virginia wines. During my travels I'm reminded of the traditions of my Italian family that inspire me. Listening to growers and winemakers tell their generational vintage stories has given me priceless insight and reverence for old world winemaking. That old world insight is what I strive to apply to Montifalco Vineyard's vintages in our challenging new world growing environment.
~ When our society rises from this current pandemic, I invite you to visit, taste and let me share the stories of the vines, wines and their origins with you.
1800 Fray Road
Ruckersville, va 22968