Sonoma County region
One of the best-kept secrets in Sonoma wine country today
Born and raised in northern Bulgaria, a region with hundreds of years of winemaking history, Miro Tcholakov was exposed to wine and winemaking from a very early age. His grandfather made homemade wine and even as a young boy, Miro was at his side through the entire winemaking process. It instilled in him a desire to follow in his grandfather's footsteps and to honor his Bulgarian heritage of family winemaking.
After completing his mandatory military service, Miro attended the Higher Institute of Agriculture in Plovdiv where he studied viticulture and enology. Following graduation, in the summer of 1990, Miro was selected from hundreds of candidates to participate in an international exchange program set up by The Future Farmers of America. Miro traveled to the United States and was introduced to the famed Napa Valley where he fell in love with the beautiful countryside and was inspired by the winemaking opportunities. He knew this was the place to carry on his family winemaking tradition.
Following his internship with The Future Farmers of America, Miro was hired on as a harvest intern at Sonoma County's Dry Creek Vineyard. What was supposed to be a temporary harvest job turned into a nine year position moving through the ranks from Cellar Master to Assistant Winemaker in 1997. In 1998, Miro took the Head Winemaker job for Trentadue Winery, which is still his "day job" today.
Over the years, Miro has brought incredible acclaim to Trentadue Winery by crafting several world-class, award-winning wines. He also oversees many custom crush operations for some renowned winemaker clients, which only furthers his depth of experience and stellar reputation as a top California winemaker.
In 2001, Miro began making wines under his own Miro Cellars label and started with a limited-production Petite Sirah that garnered 90 Points just a few weeks after its release. He has since added Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Grenache and Syrah to the portfolio and continues to earn prestigious awards and medals on each of his Sonoma County wines. His grapes are sourced from only the finest vineyards in the region, and because Miro has complete freedom to make precisely the wines he loves best, the results are a spectacular leap above the expected.
The logo on Miro's wine labels depict the Madera Horseman, a Bulgarian monument that was created at the beginning of the eighth century during the birth of the Bulgarian nation. It is the perfect symbol to celebrate Miro's Bulgarian heritage and the fruits of his labor. We hope members of our Gold Wine Club Plus! program enjoy this special bottling from Miro Cellars and toast to one of the best-kept secrets in Sonoma wine country today.