Winemaker Matt Taylor

Matt Taylor with his wife, Mikaela

 

Matt Taylor is a third generation Sonoma County native and has a passion for the Sonoma Coast and its breathtaking beauty. Its proximity to the Pacific Ocean and the redwood landscapes & micro­climates that web throughout the “true” Sonoma Coast elicit a complexity and depth in the wines like no other place on earth.

 

Growing up in the coastal region of Western Sonoma County, Matt developed a deep respect for the area as he took advantage of all that this gorgeous area has to offer ­ great wine and food, fishing and abalone diving, wild boar and mushroom hunting, kayaking and surfing. Living in wine country, Matt was influenced by mentors in the industry which drew him into the notion of farming and wine­making. So...after college (he won a Pac­10 Championship in football with the Washington Huskies), and later getting a degree in Enology & Viticulture at Fresno State ­ he set on his path.

 

Matt lived in Europe for almost 2 years where he was able to work for a sherry producer in Jerez, Spain. He learned of biodynamic farming while living with family in Switzerland. Eventually, he made it back to the vines of his home territory and worked as Assistant Winemaker to Rod Berglund of Joseph Swan Vineyards. From there he interned at Domaine Dujac in Burgundy. After, Matt became Winegrower and then Winemaker for Biodynamic producers Bart & Daphne Araujo. His broad experiences with Araujo Estate Wines include harvests in Mendoza and Cafayate, Argentina, and another in Hawke’s Bay New Zealand. He has designed and developed multiple vineyards for high­end grape production in Sonoma and Napa. In 2016, Matt began his collaboration with Ed Mascarin at 32 Winds.

 

Matt has a vision for exceptional vineyard sites in western Sonoma County, and wines made naturally. He is inspired by biodynamic farming and allowing the fruit to express itself as naturally as possible, without additives, without filtration, and “restrained” use of oak.

 

In February 2019, Matt was the only California producer to pour at "La Dive Bouteille", a natural wine expo in the Loire Valley, France, to present his recent vintages to other top producers and importers of Europe.

 

Matt resides in Healdsburg with his wife Mikaela, their daughters Marley & Naia and son Devon.