Metzker Family Estates is a small family owned winery, founded in 2014 by Mike Metzker. MFE strives to produce exceptional wines that are true to their region, varietal and terroir. We carefully select fruit from some of the most prestigious vineyards in Napa and Sonoma counties ranging from the Russian River Valley and the Sonoma Coast in Sonoma to both Spring and Howell Mountains in Napa Valley. MFE’s black label wines represent the reserve tier and come from some of the most coveted vineyards in these areas.
Metzker Family Estates’ Winemaker, Melissa Castro, artfully crafts wines that mirror the terroir by having a hands-on approach in the vineyard, and takes it further to assist in developing the sales and marketing strategy. Her contagious passion and joy for winemaking is spread throughout every facet of what MFE does.
Mike’s six children are 9th generation Metzker. Cameron Metzker, Mike’s eldest son, was the first Gen9 Metzker to relocate from Texas to the Napa Valley with his wife Adrienne to oversee Metzker Family Estates as the Director of Sales and Hospitality. Mike’s daughter, Amanda Cantley has taken an active role in event planning of MFE release parties and festivities. To honor family, the creation of our reserve 2017 Gen9 Cabernet Sauvignon stands to showcase Metzker Family Estates as a first-class producer of spectacular wines from Sonoma and Napa Valley.
Mike Metzker grew up in Sacramento California and is a proud alumnus of UC Davis. Mike received his PHD in Genetics from Baylor College of Medicine and still resides in Houston, Texas where he furthers his work as a genetics and genomics scientist. Mike’s ‘day job’ has brought much success to medical resequencing of human genomes, which could unravel genetic causes of common disease and cancer. He has founded two biotech companies and teaches first year graduate students at Baylor College of Medicine as an adjunct professor. Read more
While studying at UC Davis, frequent trips to Napa and Sonoma set him on path of discovering wine, making new friends and maintaining a life-long love of viticulture. Genetics and the vine go hand in hand as he easily inhabits both circles. He now turns his attention to winemaking with the founding of Metzker Family Estate with his son Cameron, daughter Amanda and fellow UC Davis alumna Melissa Castro.
Cameron MetzkerDirector of Sales & Hospitality
Shortly after Cameron Metzker graduated from the University of Houston, he was asked by his father, Mike, if he was interested in moving to California to help grow their family wine brand. He did not think twice about packing up and moving to sunny California. Cameron’s first hands-on introduction into the wine industry was during a harvest internship at Antinori’s California Estate, Antica, where he met winemaker, Melissa Castro, and immediately caught the wine bug. Read more
Cameron’s earliest memories of wine include sitting down with his father and exploring the world of Sonoma Coast Pinots, both of them building on their passion and desire to create an amazing product they can call their own one day. This family passion runs deep in the day-to-day activities of Metzker Family Estates. Cameron’s focus is always on quality with a personal touch as he oversees the sales and hospitality divisions of the company. After all, relationships born of friendship and family is the very essence of the Metzker Family wine experience.
Cameron loves the community aspect that comes with opening a bottle of wine to share with friends, new and old alike. Cameron lives in Napa with his wife Adrienne and their golden retriever Beau. When he is not working on the wine brand you will find him coaching youth lacrosse in Napa, a sport he grew up playing.
Melissa CastroWinemaker/Director of Operations
Not everyone’s early childhood memories include loving the smell of wine caves and wine aging in barrels. For Bay Area native, Melissa Castro, she found magic in the cellars of the Napa and Sonoma wineries her family took her to as a child. She later attended the University of California at Davis, initially for pre-med, until a year spent abroad studying in Siena, Italy. While sharing long dinners with new friends, she observed how wine brought strangers together – connecting by telling stories and sharing life’s pleasures. She turned her life and studies to viticulture and enology quickly upon her return to Davis. Read more
Melissa interned at Torbreck Vintners in the Barossa Valley then was awarded the Antinori Scholarship from UC Davis to work at the Tignanello Estate in Chianti Classico- Antinori’s most prestigious winery. Shortly thereafter, she became the inaugural Enologist at Antica Napa Valley, the Antinori Family’s estate in the Atlas Peak AVA of Napa Valley. She was promoted to Associate Winemaker in 2014 and Winemaker in 2015 working closely with the Antinori team in Italy to craft unique wines atop the Atlas Peak mountain.
The opportunity to work with new premium vineyards as well as the excitement of building a brand from the ground floor was an experience she couldn’t pass up. Melissa joined the Metzker Family Estates team in December of 2016 to assist the family in their endeavors of starting an ultra-premium brand producing the best wines possible from both the Napa and Sonoma Valleys. In addition to winemaking, she plays a fundamental role managing sales, marketing and brand development alongside Cameron Metzker. Napavalley.com named Melissa one of ‘Napa’s 7 Most Exciting Winemakers’ in 2016. She resides in the city of Napa with her husband Sergio and their dog Murphy.
Lynda BarnesNational Sales Director
A wine veteran with over 25 years of food and wine experience, Lynda grew up in Houston, and left Texas to attend UC Berkeley and Hastings Law School. In 1989, she left her career in law to pursue the world of fine wine and has never looked back. She worked in fine dining alongside Jeremiah Tower at Stars and Alice Waters at Chez Panisse, which launched her wine career. Read more
Over the years she has enjoyed an illustrious career with top distributors and restaurants across the country. As well as being a well known wine media personality, first with the New Orleans based radio show Wine Cru, and then as a a contributor to publications such as Wine Spectator and Market Watch.
Lynda has handled national sales for B Cellars, Corison, Benton Lane, and Paul Hobbs overseeing all markets across the country as an ambassador for the wineries. Lynda currently lives in Houston, with her husband, Joe Pat Clayton, who is also a noted sommelier, and their daughter Fiona. When she is not traveling, she spends time at her home in Marfa, admiring the beauty of the landscape and reading a good book.