Matt Stornetta

I was born and raised in the beautiful Sonoma Valley. I have had the pleasure of growing up as a fourth generation Sonoma farmer. It is a blessing being able to farm the same ground that my grandfather and great grandfather raised their families on. Growing up was a pretty awesome time. When we weren’t feeding cows we were causing all sorts of ruckus on ATVs. Fortunately for us, we knew how to use a tractor when we needed to pull ourselves out of a creek or a mud hole. Hunting, fishing and the outdoors have always been an important part of who I am.

After high school I attended the Santa Rosa Junior College until I moved down to San Luis Obispo where I attended Cuesta for a year. After my first week in San Luis Obispo, it was obvious why my uncles, cousins, dad and brother had chosen Cal Poly. I knew it was where I wanted to go. I was accepted into Cal Poly and graduated in 2010.

Upon graduation I traveled to Casablanca, Chile where I worked a harvest at Veramonte Winery. In between working with the Sauvignon Blancs, Chardonnays and Pinots I was brought in by many of the locals I worked with. They shared their city with me and I was lucky to have gained some great friends. As harvest dwindled down, I headed to Mendoza, Argentina to explore their famous Malbecs.

When I returned to the states I began working for Ned Hill at his then young company, La Prenda Vineyards Management. I accepted the job offer prior to my South America travels. The very formal interview occurred in a duck blind and was a no-brainer for me. Off we went, the next few years were full of growth and excitement. I am fortunate to have learned from some of the most reputable vineyards and wineries.

Working at La Prenda, I have been fortunate to farm some of Sonoma’s greatest vineyards. This has offered me the opportunity to work with Sonoma’s most well-known wineries. It has been more than learning about grapes. I have been blessed to gain great friends along the way.

I look forward to sharing my passion with you.

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