Laffort USA is proud to announce the arrival of a new team member: Michael Kafka will be the new technical representative for the Central Coast and Central Valley wineries.
Michael is a second generation winemaker, began his career in the wine business at the ripe old age of seven assisting his father in the harvesting of grapes, and subsequent crushing, fermenting, and pressing processes.
After graduating from Fresno State, he started working for the Cribari Winery. His main focus was on generic wines and brandy production. After several years there, Michael decided to take on a winemaking role at Bronco Wine Company, in Ceres, CA. The opportunity of working very closely with the Franzia family taught Michael every facet of the wine business from growing grapes to selling wine on the streets.
His next experience was to see what the Napa Valley had to offer a winemaker. He accepted a winemaking position with Beringer Vineyards in St. Helena. There, he had the fortunate experience of working side by side with some of the best winemakers and viticulturists in the business.
Over his 20+ year career, he has also had the fortunate experience of working at Kendall Jackson, at Blackstone and at Robert Mondavi Woodbridge. In the spring of 2007, he set out on a new adventure of his own: bring to fruition a custom crush business from scratch. This task was a great learning process for Michael as it helped him develop the skills and attributes to be a great winemaker.
Michael will put his passion to work with winemakers in his community and territory as a technical resource. He is eager to share his experience and bring the Laffort experience and R&D to the local winemakers. Please feel free to contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 209.404.5171.