Michael Pozzan Wines

Napa Valley AVA

Founded in 1991, Michael carries on his family's wine legacy


Michael Pozzan is a name that we never shy away from coming back to. With endless California wineries to choose from each year, we have invited his wines back into our club every few years; yes, he is just that good.

For those of you who don’t know, Michael Pozzan has been a growing force in the wine industry for decades. He is a native of the San Francisco Bay area and comes from three generations of wine producers and growers between California and Italy. It was at his grandfather’s Sonoma estate in particular that Michael spent a great deal of time learning how to make wine.

Michael worked as a winery rep in 1990, and as a result, made many connections with various Napa and Sonoma winegrowers. Thanks to this, he has able to purchase their grapes so he could experiment with making his own wine. Michael’s first release of 500 cases was in 1990 under a label called Deer Springs; he had an impressive debut to wine shops and restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area which inspired him to put his own name on the label. Pozzan Wines was founded in 1991 and is based in Oakville, an AVA located in the heart of Napa Valley. His goal is to produce high-quality wines in the Italian style of his heritage: wines of rich fruit, excellent character and exceptional value. When we featured Michael’s wine in our club 11 years ago under his Contrada label, he was producing about 50,000 cases annually. He said he would grow only if he could find producers who have really good grapes.

Today Michael has grown to produce about 125,000 cases annually and distributes wine under four unique labels. He also continues to produce small-batch wines of particular distinction as exemplified by this month’s PLUS! selection. Besides winemaking, Michael has been a guest speaker at UC Davis and Golden Gate University, and has been lucky enough to judge various wine competitions around California. We couldn’t be more pleased that he has continued to succeed in carrying on his family’s wine legacy, both educationally and in practice. It is our pleasure to present the very first release of the Pozzan 2011 Proprietary Red Blend with our Platinum PLUS! Wine Club members.