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Hindsight Vineyards Taps Veteran Winemaker Michael Weis

Posted on December 21, 2020


Calistoga, Napa Valley, Calif.  – Michael Weis, whose epic career in wine stretches nearly 50 years, will join the team at Hindsight Vineyards as Director of Winemaking. He replaces winemaker Jac Cole, who helped launch the brand.

“We feel unbelievably blessed to have Michael join the team at Hindsight,” said Seth Gersch, Owner and Managing Member. “Over the past several years, we’ve gone from a ‘little brand that could’, to a thriving grass-roots success. Michael’s wisdom and expertise will build on this strong foundation for the next decade at Hindsight. We look forward to seeing where he leads us.”

Michael Weis is best known for his long tenure at Groth Vineyards and Winery in Oakville, Napa Valley. He recently retired from that position, after having spent 26 years helping build one of the most noted and respected wine brands in California. He had already established himself as a talented winemaker with positions at Robert Mondavi Winery and Vichon prior to joining Groth. Under Michael’s leadership, he led projects to replant all of the Estate vineyards and to expand and modernize the winery in order to handle the replanted blocks. 

His efforts paid off, with Groth receiving frequent accolades from the trade and media. Michael’s wines have appeared seven times on the Wine Spectator Top 100 with a few top 10 finishes. His wines consistently rank 90+ points in the major trade publications.

“I’m ready for a new challenge,” said Michael. “Seth, Alisa and Bill have invested their blood, sweat, and a few tears into Hindsight wines, and are committed to quality and consistency. Along with Jac Cole, they built a strong foundation on which to build a world-class winery. I look forward to getting my hands dirty again and helping grow the brand.”

About Hindsight Vineyards

Founded in 2011, Hindsight Vineyards is the realized dream of Seth Gersch (Owner, Managing Member), Alisa Gean, MD (Owner, Neuroradiologist and Sommelier), and William S. Boykin (Owner, National Sales Manager). As a small boutique wine producer, we strive to create sustainably produced, hand-crafted, extraordinary wines at a reasonable price. We believe all wine lovers should have the opportunity to experience Napa Valley’s finest wines without breaking the bank. We produce Cabernet Sauvignon from our estate vineyard in Calistoga. In addition, we source fruit from other vineyards throughout the valley, including Howell Mountain, Carneros, Oak Knoll, Rutherford, and Spring Mountain. More information about the winery is available at 


Michael Wangbickler, Balzac Communications

(707) 255-7667


Region: Napa & Sonoma
Job Function: Winemaking

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