Mark Williams

Winemaker
Mount Peak Winery
http://www.mountpeakwinery.com/

When Mark Williams began working with fruit from Monte Rosso Vineyard in 2006, right away he learned two important things. First, and the most obvious, Monte Rosso is an exceptional vineyard with a long-standing pedigree of producing world-class wines. He also noticed that literally tons of Monte Rosso grapes were sold to other brands.

“I thought, we should do something special with that fruit ourselves,” Mark says. “and Mount Peak became an incredible opportunity to do just that. “I have the ability to make exceptional wines that reflect the essence of the vineyard another way—with great intensity and powerful flavor,” he says. “Those are the kinds of wines I like to drink.”

Mark’s connection to Monte Rosso goes back to his years working with the acclaimed small-lot “winery-within-a-winery” at Louis M. Martini in St. Helena, and currently as winemaker for William Hill Estate.

“I wanted to be part of Mount Peak,” says Mark, “because I am truly inspired by the vineyard. And because Monte Rosso is a major source, but not the only source of fruit for Mount Peak, I’m not bound to its confines. I can find the best vineyards for each varietal as conditions change vintage to vintage, depending on what we need to make those big, forceful wines.”

Mark’s experience with grape growing goes back to when he was young and spent his summers helping his father, a UC Davis viticulture professor, harvest table grapes for research. Mark says it was a natural step to major in food science and enology at California State University, Fresno.

His winemaking career has taken him around the world from the Eden Valley in Australia to the Edna Valley and Santa Ynez Valley on California’s Central Coast before settling in Napa Valley. He says working with Mount Peak wines has been a genuinely enriching experience.

“These are intense, full-flavored, complex wines that reflect the personality of a special place,” Mark says. “And they’re another reflection of my winemaking philosophy that enhances all my winemaking.”

When Mark is not in the winery or vineyard, he enjoys hiking, mountain biking and skiing. He’s an avid wine collector and loves to travel. He lives in Napa with his wife, Kaitlyn.