My name is Mike Anderson and welcome to MTGA Wines.
This wine project was created to focus on small production, craft wines. MTGA began as of 2010 with just 40 cases of Merlot from St. Helena. Today the production has grown to 500 cases which includes the Merlot, a Dry Riesling and Pinot Noir.
A little bit about myself: I was born and raised in the Napa Valley after my parents and grandparents had moved to St. Helena to get into the wine industry in the early 1980s. It was a fantastic and beautiful place to grow up though I wouldn’t realize that until I left town to go to school.
I found myself in Spokane, Washington to attend Gonzaga University where I would fall in love with the Pacific Northwest. After four quick years I had witnessed some awesome basketball games, learned why rowing is one of the most amazing yet grueling sports you can participate in and I had earned a degree in criminal justice and sociology. With the economic downturn in full swing I found myself back in the Napa are picking up work where I could between cellars and tasting rooms. After a year and a half I found myself taking oenology and viticulture classes. With that I had officially tripped and fallen back into the wine world. Shortly thereafter I was hunting down grapes to buy so I could try my hand at winemaking.
In 2010 I stumbled upon a small Merlot vineyard in St. Helena. Using a pickup truck, a half-ton bin that I borrowed from work, a flashlight, and a set of pruning shears I went out to the vineyard once I was off work to pick as much as I could (which ended up being just one ton from the small vineyard site). Sixteen months later I had two barrels of Merlot that I wasn’t sure what to do with. I put it into a couple of blind tastings, gave samples out to friends and family for feedback only to start hearing questions like: “What is the label going to be?” and “How much is a bottle going to cost?”
And so MTGA Wines was born. MTGA officially stands for Michael Todd Gustaf Anderson; my initials, though there have been some cleaver iterations brought to my attention. Todd is my dad. Gustaf, or Gus for short, is my grandfather and great grandfather. All of which were involved in the wine industry as the family moved to Napa to start Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards in 1983. As a result I wanted this label to not just carry my name but theirs as well to signify a “tip of the cap” to what they started with my mother and grandmother alongside them.
The family has evolved over the years to include a few other projects. Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards has continued with Trespass Vineyards, Ghost Horse Vineyards and Eagle’s Trace as the other family offshoots which started in the late 1990s and early 2000s. MTGA Wines is my take on winemaking and what can be done with the awesome terroir that we have in the Napa and Sonoma area.
I look forward to sharing MTGA Wines with you! If you have any questions or would like to know more about my project you can email me at the following address: firstname.lastname@example.org.