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Mike Saini, Co-Founder & Partner

Mike began his farming career when he was eight years old, working the family prune orchards and vineyards of the Dry Creek and Alexander valleys alongside his father, John Saini, and grandfather, Eugene “Si” Saini. By Junior High he was driving tractors and discing ground and after graduating High School he went to work full time for the family business while studying viticulture.  A few years later Mike took over the day to day operations of the family farming business, Saini Farms, Inc.

After years of farming Mike set out to create a wine label that would showcase his favorite blocks and varieties while honoring the longstanding history and farming tradition of the Saini family. He partnered with longtime friend George Christie and his parents, John and Patti Saini, and in 2008 the partners released their first vintage.

Mike continues to run the the farming operation for Saini Farms, Inc. and oversees the production of each and every Saini Vineyards wine.

George Christie, Co-Founder & Partner

George Christie was born and raised in New Jersey and moved to Sonoma County in 1991 where he met his wife Tami, a lifelong resident of Healdsburg. Since that time, he has been involved in nearly every aspect of the wine industry, from vineyard operations and grower relations to distributor realignments and national marketing campaigns. Always an active member in the wine community, Christie has also held board positions with the Russian River Wine Road, Winegrowers of Dry Creek Valley and the Sonoma County Vintners.

He currently resides in Healdsburg with Tami and their two daughters, Olivia and Skyler Christie.

 

 

 

 

Laura Saini, Partner & General Manager

Born and raised in the Dry Creek Valley, Laura was surrounded by wine from an early age.  The daughter of hard working parents, both of whom worked in the wine industry, Laura spent her childhood assisting her home-vintner father as he made and bottled wine in his garage.

Laura worked her first harvest at Hanna Winery when she was 18 years old.  Shortly thereafter she went to work for Clos Du Bois Winery where she spent several years in production operations. In 2004, after working a harvest in Australia, Laura took on a new challenge with Seghesio Family Vineyards.  She spent several years working with the Seghesio family in their vineyard and winery operations and there, as fate would have it, she and Mike first met.

Laura and Mike married in 2012.  They have two children, Angelo and Valentina, who will hopefully become the 5th generation to carry forth the 102 year old family farming tradition.

Julia Iantosca, Winemaker

Julia Iantosca has over 35 years of winemaking experience in small premium wineries. She enjoys working with many varieties and the challenges that each variety holds.

Most of her career has been spent in Sonoma County. Her affection for this region began during a student internship at Dry Creek Vineyards. Upon graduation from UC Davis with a BS in Fermentation Science, Julia joined Stevenot Vineyards in Calaveras County as Co-Winemaker with winery owner Bardon Stevenot. After two years at Stevenot Vineyards, Julia returned to Sonoma County as Winemaker for William Wheeler Winery in Healdsburg. During this time she also served as an officer in the Sonoma Wine Technical Group and as a member of the California Enological Research Association (CERA).

Lambert Bridge Winery offered new winemaking opportunities and the chance to work with Consulting Winemaker Merry Edwards. Merry inspired Julia’s love of the art of blending wines and her exacting pursuit of excellence.  

Lasseter Family Winery in Glen Ellen offered a new challenge. For eleven years Julia help the Lasseter’s build a new winery, create a unique portfolio of wines, and develop several new vineyards.

Julia lives in Bennett Valley on a small Pinot Noir Vineyard with her husband Bob Iantosca (Winemaker Emeritus for Gloria Ferrer Caves). They have two daughters.

 

 

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