All of our growers have generations of experience in growing and farming. In Mikes early years, he was in the vineyard all of the time micromanaging of sorts. Thirty-six years later they know exactly what Mike wants. Optima's growers have designed to bring together the unique orientation of their topography, soil type, and root-stock. The consideration that goes into the vineyards allows the vine to grow to its full potential for the vine health and balanced canopy growth for the wines that will be crafted. Mike will walk in the vineyards several times during the year making decisions along the way. We hand pick only the best blocks of the vineyard each year. Every bottle that leaves Optima is a wine Mike will drink and stand behind. After all, Mike believes you have one shot to make an impression and a customer for life.