If you were to ask our winemaker, Michael Carr, what his secrets are to making such fantastic wine here at Roche, one answer he would provide is “knowing the family’s lands, our unique growing conditions and changing weather patterns…all of these are fundamental.” Michael has gained that experience due to a long history with our winery and working with our vineyards. In fact, he served as our Assistant Winemaker for eight years from 1991 until 1998, before becoming our full-time Winemaker in the Fall of 2002. During his five-year stint away from Carneros, he gained valuable knowledge on how to establish winery operations from the “ground up” while with MacRostie Winery in Sonoma, California. He also perfected his winemaking and vineyard management skills while producing Gold Medal award-winning wines with San Juan Vineyards on San Juan Island in Washington.
No small task, Michael oversees all aspects of winemaking at Roche. From picking to bottling, his influence can be seen in every glass of Roche wine poured. His skills and knowledge allow us to continue to deliver the highest of quality wines.
Michael brings with him a positive, relaxed attitude. When not thrown into the chaos of harvest, he often can be found touring our vineyards or inspecting our production equipment with his trusted sidekick and pet Akita, Jacie. During baseball season, you’re always sure to hear the Giants games on full volume inside our barrel room, which is why we think Michael’s wines are always a grand slam for your dinner table.
Michael has won numerous awards and medals while at Roche Winery. Please click here to see the list of past awards.
Michael has a Bachelor’s degree in enology from U.C. Davis and resides in nearby Marin County with his wife, Terra, and children, Jack and Daniella.
Frequently Asked Questions to Michael about wines and the art of winemaking.
November 28, 1968 - September 20, 2013
New to Roche in 2006, Peter grew up working in his family’s winery in Gilroy, CA. Looking for a change, he brewed beer for Gordon Biersch for five years. His most recent experience was as winemaker at Story Winery in Amador County where he also worked for five years. One could always find Peter busy in the barrel room tending to our wines. Aside from making wine, Peter enjoyed traveling with his wife. His quiet sense of humor and adventurous gastronomic tastes will surprise you.