Metzker Family Estates produces exceptional single-vineyard and AVA specific wines that are true to their terroir. We source our fruit from some of the most prestigious vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties ranging from the Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast to both Spring and Howell Mountains. We look forward to sharing the fruits of our labor with you. Read on to learn more about the Metzkers and the people behind the wines.
Mike began roaming the Napa and Sonoma valleys as a young college student at UC Davis in 1982. An organic chemistry class in his first semester set him on course to a PhD in genetics, a tenured professorship at Baylor College of Medicine, and several biotech start-ups focused on next-generation sequencing and genomic medicine technologies.
The next two decades would find him back on these same roads forging friendships and honing a dream that would one day take shape. As his family grew, they made their way back together, breathing in the same crisp air that always felt like home.
In 2014, Metzker Family Estates was established. As the road to the top is rarely traveled alone, relationships along the way proved crucial to getting the business off the ground. Sourcing premium fruit from award-winning vineyards was paramount so Mike relied on friends and family in the business to open doors and make introductions. He then set out to find a winemaker who shared his vision for exquisite hand-crafted wines. Enter Melissa Castro. She not only knew her way around Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, but had distinguished herself with Cabernet Sauvignon.
Mike’s six children are 9th generation Metzkers, for which Phillip settled in Virginia in 1800. Cameron was the first Gen9 Metzker to relocate from Texas to the Napa Valley, with his wife Adrienne, to oversee Metzker Family Estates’ Sales Department, Business Development and Cellar Club. More recently, Amanda has taken an active role in event planning of future MFE release parties and festivities. To honor family, next year we will be releasing our reserve 2017 Gen9 Cabernet Sauvignon that stands to showcase Metzker Family Estates as a first-class producer of spectacular wines from the Napa Valley.