Mick Unti co-founded Unti Vineyards Winery with his dad George Unti, in 1997, where he manages operations of the winery including winemaking, sales, and marketing. While getting a degree in Political Science and Broadcast Communications at the University of Washington, Mick developed an unhealthy interest in wine, which led to him working in retail, buying and selling wine. From 1987 to 1997, Mick served as National Sales and Marketing Manager for a two wineries, most notably Artisans and Estates, the fine wine division of Jess Jackson’s Kendall Jackson Wineries.
Mick and his dad are avid consumers of Italian, French, Spanish and German wine, which explains for why they aren’t afraid to make wines from grapes not commonly grown in California.
George and Linda Unti
George and his wife, Linda, farm 60 acres of grapes, and are co-owners of Unti Vineyards Winery. George was born in Fort Bragg, CA and spent his early years divided between Fort Bragg and Madera, CA where his parents were farmers. He graduated from Fort Bragg High School and San Jose State University. While in Fort Bragg he got his first job with Safeway, with whom he spent a fulfilling 39 year career, culminating with his last 9 years as regional manager for Northern CA, Nevada, and Hawaii. George and Linda yearned to return to life on a farm and did so in 1990, and succumbed to the lure of a winery in 1997. Now they work 24/7, but for themselves.
A former resident of L.A. Dodger territory, Jason’s interest in wine ultimately pulled he and his family to the Bay Area to return to the restaurant business and pursue a degree in Viticulture and Enology from U.C. Davis. Upon graduation in 2005, with a wife and two children in tow, Jason took a cellar job with the venerable Paul Hobbs Winery, which evolved into a full-time Enologist position through the 2007 harvest. After a brief sabbatical at Kosta Browne Wines, Jason returned to Paul Hobbs in 2008 to become the winemaker for CrossBarn Winery; transforming CrossBarn from a secondary label into a revered brand with dedicated vineyards, state of the art facility and staff. After the 2011 harvest, Jason was approached to become the founding winemaker of a new estate project on Howell Mountain, revamping the historic White Cottage Ranch property into a top-tier Napa Valley estate. Early 2015, with the meticulous technical experience under his belt, Jason’s winemaking propensity breached into European varietals, and he joined Unti Vineyards. He looks forward to continuing top-tier winemaking and continuing Unti’s quest to produce Rhône and Italian varietals from the DCV estate… And, of course, drinking plenty of wines along the way to help prove their point.
Alex has worked for the winery since fall 2008 and now handles direct sales to restaurant and retail accounts throughout California. A native of Healdsburg, Alex grew up in a family of grape-growers and wine makers however he really started getting into wine while working in restaurants and doing harvests abroad. Eventually he settled down and earned a degree in Wine Business from Sonoma State University. With a strong passion for the world of wine and an aversion to lifestyle marketing, Alex appreciates Unti’s no-nonsense approach and commitment to quality wine growing.
Danae Blythe Unti
Danae grew up in Sonoma, California and worked in publishing before entering the wine business in 2005. A love for the restaurant world lead her to work as a wine buyer, and during that time, she pursued an MBA in wine marketing in Bordeaux, France. At the winery Danae helps execute on all things design, event, and media/communications related. She and her husband Mick Unti live in Geyserville, CA, with their rescue dogs Boone + Pancho, cats, bunny, + their newest mascot, a nubian goat named Gimonnet.
Unti Vineyards is composed of a six-man, hands-on team working year-round for the winery. They are involved in every part of the vineyard operations — from pruning to hand harvesting, and know each and every vine intimately. Adrian, Romulo, and Ruben have worked with George Unti at the winery, since the mid-1990's. We are proud and feel fortunate that other employees have been with us for significant spans of the winery's life — some from 10-17 years. They are knowledgable, skilled, dedicated, and take full-ownership of every part of the vineyards.