Mike Conversano began his career as a professional chef before deciding to pursue his passion for wine. To learn more, he worked his first harvest at Domaine Carneros in 1996 and found the experience to be very similar to cooking, which compelled him to explore a career in winemaking.
Conversano went on to receive a master’s degree in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis, and in 2008 after graduation, he and his family moved to Napa to pursue his dream. He held positions at Cakebread Cellars and William Hill Winery to hone his skills before being hired as an enologist at V. Sattui, responsible for overseeing their labs. From there, he was hired as the Assistant Winemaker at Bell Wine Cellars in Yountville, where he was responsible for the daily winemaking operations, overseeing the winery facility and working closely with the vineyard manager and growers.
At Pine Ridge Vineyards, Conversano works side by side with Winemaker and General Manager, Michael Beaulac, as they continue to blend from Napa Valley’s five premier appellations to create balanced, food-friendly wines that offer a pure expression of the vineyards in which they are grown.