Winemaker, Louis M. Martini Winery
Michael Martini learned the subtle art of winemaking and grape growing firsthand while growing up at his family’s winery in the Napa Valley. During school holidays, Mike worked alongside his father, Louis P., and grandfather, Louis M., assisting with wine blending and tending to the vines on the family’s many vineyards, including the renowned Monte Rosso Vineyard.
Country born: United States
Education: Degree in Fermentation Science from UC Davis.
Mike served as president of the Napa Valley Vintners’ Association, an organization his grandfather helped establish, and also served as president of the American Society of Enology and Viticulture and the Trellis Alliance at U.C. Davis.
Years in the wine industry: 30+ years
Under his father’s tutelage, Mike began to develop his own personal style as a winemaker, bringing balance and texture to his Cabernet Sauvignon blends. “My father’s wines are silk,” Mike says, “Mine are velvet.”