For years, Lorenzo Petroni dreamed of bringing his love for wine to California. In 1992, he and his wife Maria Elena purchased a 37 acre estate just south of the famed Monte Rosso Vineyard in Sonoma Valley, the perfect location to produce his world class wines. At a steep 800 foot elevation, the mineral rich and rocky soil with south facing exposure proved the ideal spot in which to grow wine grapes.
About the Winemaker:
A native of New Zealand, Martin Mackenzie studied Viticulture and Oenology at the Eastern Institute of Technology in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. Immediately after graduating he landed a one year internship at Stonyridge Vineyard after which he was offered the position of Assistant Winemaker. In 2002 he took over the role of Winemaker and eventually became the General Manager. After a ten year commitment to Stonyridge Vineyard, Martin moved to California where he became the Winemaker for Petroni Vineyards.