Born and raised on the Island of Maui, Mitchell Masotti could not have grown up further from vineyards and winemaking. His inherent love for the ocean, surfing, and nature led him to earn a degree in Biology from the University of the Pacific. It wasn’t until he worked his first harvest at Woodbridge, Lodi, that he realized his true calling was winemaking.
Not wasting any time Mitchell enrolled and graduated from California State University at Fresno, where he earned his second degree in Enology and a minor in chemistry. He than took his talents internationally, interning for well-known producers such as Craggy Range (New Zealand), O’Shaughnessy (Napa Valley), Vina Cobos (Argentina).
While traveling, Mitchell discovered the diverse versatility and special characteristics of Pinot Noir. He settled down in Northern California working as the assistant winemaker for MacPhail Family Wines. While working under winemaker James MacPhail for two years, he learned the subtle differences in Terrior within Anderson Valley, Russian River and Sonoma Coast. From there, he moved on to become assistant winemaker for Dutton-Goldfield and Freeman Winery, working under Dan Goldfield and Ed Kurtzman.
Mitchell is currently working as assistant winemaker under highly acclaimed winemaker/owner Russell Bevan of Bevan Cellars. While still creating beautifully crafted Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, he is now sharpening his winemaking abilities by working with ultra premium Napa Valley Bordeaux varietals.