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Macario Montoya - Winemaker/Owner

Macario grew up in the small town of Elmira, not too far from the Napa Valley. Frequently dragged wine tasting by his parents, it wasn't until attending the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana that he actually encountered the first wine (cooler) he liked. An inauspicious start for a winemaker, but nevertheless, after working for six years in the corporate world as a financial advisor, Macario decided to ditch the suit and tie for purple hands and pruning shears. Macario's philosophy on wine making is simple: he believes wines are an expression of the earth and are made in the vineyard. It's the job of the winemaker to finish the process.

Griselda Montoya - Owner

Griselda is the heartbeat of our little winery. Growing up in the Carneros region of Napa she was always surrounded by grapes and wine. In addition to her parents and many of her siblings working the vineyards, two of her brothers and their wives are the founders of Ceja Vineyards. After high school, she moved to San Francisco and graduated from San Francisco State with a degree in marketing. She has since worked in the finance industry, and is currently a vice president commercial loan officer for Wells Fargo. In addition to her day job, she is also an event planner and coordinator. A great lover of wine, Griselda believes that it is best shared with family and friends.