were positive, inspiring him to fulfill his childhood dream by settling
permanently in historic Sonoma Valley to a six-acre property in
1972. With the help of his son, Michel (Mike), Merlot vines were
planted immediately and within a few years they were making wine
time, Mike’s interest in wine and winemaking became his
focus. He received a degree in Enology from Fresno State University
to work for Richard Arrowood in the cellar at Chateau St. Jean
in Kenwood, meanwhile still producing
Berthoud wine for his family and friends. In 1989, he left Chateau
St. Jean to become the winemaker at Arrowood Winery.
After 15 years
at Arrowood Winery, Mike left to become the winemaker at Mayo
Family Winery, while still operating Berthoud Winery with his
family. Berthoud wines are now available for tasting and sales
at the Mayo Family Winery tasting room in Glen Ellen, CA.
studies and experience in the industry have exposed him to the
technical side of winemaking on a large scale and have reinforced
his opinion that producing wine on a small scale with the use
of production methods that have been in practice in Europe for
centuries is the preferable way to produce wines of personality.
Vineyards & Winery is a family operation ... real people who
are passionate about growing grapes and making wine.