MICHAEL WOLF Mike first became involved in agriculture while working on a friend’s farm in northern California. Cultivating pears, prunes and grapes alongside longtime farmers informed his philosophy that farming is an ongoing process, not just an annual harvest event.

Closely tending the Vine Hill Ranch vineyard since 1998, Mike and his team have a profound understanding of the site, its individual blocks and exquisite natural assets. He believes growing expressive fruit requires continual focus on balance: between the canopy and crop load, across each vine’s structure and between the needs of the vineyard and efforts to support its well being.

"There is a direct correlation between farming techniques and the creation of great wine. To achieve optimum quality, we must understand the minute characteristics of the land, from the soil’s specific geology to the angle of the sun on every vine." —Michael Wolf