Peter Michael Winery Appoints Robert Fiore as Winemaker
June 23, 2020 – Knights Valley, Sonoma, CA - Peter Michael Winery is pleased to announce the appointment of Robert Fiore as Winemaker.
Since an early age, Robert was fascinated with geology, eventually leading to seven years of technical geologic studies and ultimately earning a Master of Science degree in Geological Sciences. As a professional geophysicist or proclaimed, Earth Scientist, Robert recalls, “I found myself investigating geologic basins and rock outcrops around the world.”
During his studies, Robert was introduced to wine which inspired trips to explore wine regions around the world. Eventually, in 2001, Robert made his way to California, via a work transfer, that allowed him to follow his dream of earning a Master’s Degree from UC Davis in Viticulture and Enology. “The connection between wine and terroir became a fascination which I examined as part of my graduate studies,” states Robert, “which led to four months working in the Côte d’Or as a Confrèrie des Chevaliers du Tastevin Fellowship Laureate, offering the opportunity to taste the wines, dig in the soil and discuss the connection between wine and the land with local vignerons – some whose families had worked the same land for nearly three hundred years.”
His winemaking career began with internships at Spring Mountain Vineyard, Buccella and Arietta in Napa Valley and producing small-lot Pinot Noir wines in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA, while continuing to explore wine experiences abroad throughout Burgundy and the south of France. Starting in 2016 he spent three years working with Tim Mondavi as part of the small winemaking team creating Continuum Estate wines.
Since Peter Michael Winery was founded by Sir Peter Michael in 1982, it has a storied history of supporting emerging winemakers such as Helen Turley and Mark Aubert. The second-generation Michael family, Paul and Emily Michael are thrilled to introduce Robert to the team. “Robert will continue our work producing wines of uncompromised quality from the three estates along with our longstanding production and winemaking teams, Associate Winemaker Emily Raab and Cellar Master Rafa Aviña,” says Paul Michael. “He will also have the ongoing support of Luc and Nicolas Morlet, who will continue in their roles as Consultant Winemakers. The team is going from strength to strength, combining decades of experience and knowledge of winemaking with the unique terroir that is the Peter Michael Winery.”
About Peter Michael Winery
In 1982, after six years of searching for land to serve as a family retreat and home of Peter Michael Winery, Sir Peter Michael and Lady Michael purchased 630 acres of volcanic ridges on the western face of Mount St. Helena in the Knights Valley AVA of Sonoma County. Drawing inspiration from the great wineries of Burgundy and Bordeaux, the family hired like-minded viticulturists and winemakers to help them create terroir-driven, estate Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Cabernet Sauvignon blends that would stand the test of time.
Today, second-generation Paul Michael and his wife Emily, manage the winery adhering to the founding principles of mountain vineyards, classical winemaking, and limited production. All three estates, Knights Valley, Seaview (Sonoma Coast), and Oakville (Napa Valley), rest on steep hillsides ranging in elevation from 500 to nearly 2000 feet and total 1,191 acres with only 201 acres under vine. With a commitment to sustainability, the remainder of the land is preserved as wildlife corridors and each estate carries the Fish Friendly Farming and Sonoma Certified Sustainable certifications.