Born and raised in the Santa Cruz Mountains, Mica has an intimate knowledge of the micro-terroir soil and climate that the area has to offer. He brings that knowledge to Mediterranean Vineyards as he heads-up its vineyard and winery production facilities. Mica believes that winemaking is very much an art–not a science–and that true perfection in winemaking can only be obtained by careful management of microbial chaos. Artisan wines should in his opinion always be vineyard designate field blends and well-balanced hand crafted wines, and should exhibit yearly variation and always offer true varietal character. Mica leads the sustainable farming practices and currently farms 120 acres of vineyards in and around Fair Play. In 2018 Mica became the most awarded winemaker in El Dorado county, starting off in January with 23 medals from 24 wines entered in the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition, the most competitive in the United States with over 7,000 entrants and less than 10% of entrants garnering medals. Mica’s goal is to bring the El Dorado County wine region back to its ultra-premium status and take advantage of the regions hearty dirt and different elevations that allow for all varietals to be planted and sustainably farmed.