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Michael Scorsone, Winemaker

Michael Scorsone brings a world of experience to Adobe Road Winery. Michael has worked at some of California’s top boutique wineries—from Neyers and Failla to Turley. While he is an incredible winemaker, he is so much more than that.

Coming from a deeply rooted Sicilian “food and wine family”, Michael originally graduated from one of America’s top culinary schools, The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park, New York. As a professional chef Michael worked at restaurants such as: The Little Nell, Caribou Club and Ajax Tavern in Aspen, Colorado. He then went on to earn a business degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, in Hospitality, Food and Beverage, while helping to develop their core curriculum. From there, Michael became the Hotel Operations Manager at the luxurious MGM Grand in Las Vegas. That’s a career for most people, but Michael was just getting started.

Michael left Las Vegas to follow his heart back to wine. He took intensive viticultural courses at Napa Valley College and was Cellar Master at Neyers before apprenticing at the Villa Montelione winery in Valpolicella, Italy, where he learned to make Amarone style wines. Michael returned to the U.S. as an Assistant Winemaker at Failla Winery where he not only made the wines, but single-handedly farmed and managed the vineyards of this small, ultra-premium estate for three years. With the Failla wines being crafted at Turley Wine Cellars, Michael was also involved in winemaking for Turley’s cult status line of wines.

With the mind and palate of a professional chef, Michael has a keen understanding of the interplay of flavors between food and wine, and this gives him an exceptional insight into the style and character of the wines he makes. We are thrilled to have Michael with us at Adobe Road Winery. His outstanding expertise in winemaking, vineyard management and winery operations makes him a key team member at Adobe Road— one of the many vital parts that contributes to our success.

Our TeamKevin Buckler, Owner