Long before MTGA came to be, my family moved to the Napa area in the early 1980s to pursue their own winemaking careers by founding Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards, Trespass Vineyards, Ghost Horse Vineyards and Eagles Trace. Needless to say we have more wine in our veins than anything else!
In 2010 I had realized that despite being a part of the winemaking process in many facets, I had never made a wine from start to finish without guidance. So with a picking bin in the back of a pickup truck, a set of pruning shears, picking lug, and some spare time I hand harvested my first batch of Merlot grapes in 2010.
Through 2011 I started hatching a plan to start what would become MTGA Wines (though the name came later). That fall I also ended up meeting my future wife and “HBIC” Brittany. A year later we had bottled that first vintage of MTGA Merlot and eventually released it in the winter of 2013, at which time it sold out in about two weeks. With that MTGA was officially in full swing!