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About

It all started with a dream

And then a lot of hard work and passion made it a reality!

For Mike, owning a winery was the culmination of a labor of love and a dream fulfilled. It was apparent at an early age that he was destined to pursue a career in the wine business. His father was an avid home winemaker and Mike was fascinated by the process and would often help his dad. For Mike, this became his calling, a life-long ambition that began in the family garage. There, Mike would take any fruit he could get his hands on and craft it into wine. He once raided the neighbor’s bushes to produce a rose petal champagne. While just a sophomore in high school, Mike declared his intentions to major in enology at UC Davis which is the Princeton of winemaking.

 

Where we are today

Optima is a family owned and operated winery that specializes in making limited-production wines. Located in the heart of Healdsburg, we are blessed to be in the center of some of the best appellation in the world. It’s been said many times, great wines begin with great grapes. We only source the absolute best of each vintage; this allows us to be able to meticulously follow our passion for preserving the unique characteristics of each vineyard. To do this the harvested grapes are handled separately in “small lots” throughout fermentation, allowing Mike the winemaker and our talented cellar crew to bring the individual lots to their fullest potential before the final blending.

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