When we started out together, we never knew we'd end up living in Sonoma's beautiful Dry Creek Valley surrounded by our own vineyards. The creation of Amista Vineyards enables us to discover a satisfying and stimulating life, connected to the land and engaged in a business that cultivates friendship.
I graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a degree in Chemical Engineering and the intention to go to medical school. Then I came to Sonoma County to work a harvest in a winery lab. One harvest quickly turned into an all-encompassing passion and love of winemaking with all the science, art, chemistry, engineering and fun behind it!
Joining Amista in 2011 opened a new chapter in my winemaking career - sparkling wines! Making small lot, single vineyard, Methode Champenoise sparkling wines is a dream come true.
After moving to Sonoma County in 2004, so that we could raise our children in a more rural enviroment, we fell in love with Sonoma County wines. This led me back to school to earn my MBA in Sustainable Enterprise from Dominican University.
It's such a pleasure being part of a small, family winery where I meet amazing people every day. My team and I want to make sure you experience the very best in wine country living - whether you are here on the property or back at your home miles away. Please let us know what we can do for you.
I feel so fortunate to be a part of the Amista Vineyards team. I have always been drawn to the wines of Dry Creek Valley and love sparkling wines. I can't imagine a better place to share with guests and hope you enjoy the beauty and hospitality of Amista as much as I do.
After moving to Sonoma County back in 2001, I developed a passion for wine after trying a fantastic Zinfandel from a renowned vineyard here in the Dry Creek Valley which ultimately led to an exciting career in the wine industry. My family has deep roots in Healdsburg so I am happy to be back in the Dry Creek Valley and to work with the amazing team here at Amista.
Torin, a Sheltie (Shetland Sheep Dog), came to live with us as a 10-week old puppy in August 2011. His Celtic name means thunder, which is an apt description of this noisy boy. He spends his time barking, monitoring the vineyards for rabbits and teaching Mike to play fetch. He says Mike is getting better every day.
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