LODI, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Wine Enthusiast Magazine announced today that Adam Mettler, Director of Wine Operations at Michael David Winery, has won the 2018 Winemaker of the Year Wine Star Award. Each year, the editors of Wine Enthusiast Magazine honor the individuals and companies that have made outstanding achievements in the wine and beverage world for the annual Wine Star Awards.
Adam Mettler is a 5th generation Lodi grape grower who worked various harvests, including a period in Australia, before joining Michael David Winery in spring of 2005. Working closely with the Phillips family for 14 years, Adam has built and led a quality-focused wine production team which continues to create award winning wines. Currently the Director of Wine Operations, Adam oversees all wine direction for Michael David Winery in both Lodi and Sonoma, and has been instrumental in the rapid growth of Michael David’s banner brands which include Freakshow, Earthquake and Petite Petit.
“I am extremely honored and humbled to receive this recognition from Wine Enthusiast,” said Mettler. “I am very proud of the wines we produce at Michael David Winery, and of my entire wine team that works diligently to ensure quality.”
“We are so pleased that Adam is being recognized for the success he has achieved during his tenure at Michael David Winery,” said Michael and David Phillips, Co-Owners of Michael David Winery. “This nomination is a huge accomplishment for Adam and the team that works so hard to create our signature wines, and is yet another testament to the quality of wines in the Lodi region.”
Mettler and the other 2018 Wine Star Award winners will be included in Wine Enthusiast’s special “Best of Year” issue hitting newsstands in December, and they will be honored at a black-tie gala on Monday, January 28, 2019, in Miami at Eden Roc. For more information about the Wine Enthusiast Wine Star Awards, visit winemag.com.
ABOUT MICHAEL DAVID WINERY
Michael David Winery, producers of such brands as Freakshow, Petite Petit and Earthquake, is owned by the Phillips family, who have built their Lodi winery into one of the fastest growing wineries in the United States. The Phillips brothers released their first commercial wine in 1984 under the Phillips Vineyards label after years of growing grapes for other wineries. Now celebrating more than 30 years as a bonded winery, Michael David Winery has over 800 acres of vineyards in the Lodi Appellation and prides itself on meticulous farming practices and sustainable wine grape growing, which result in superior quality in the bottle. Located one mile east of Interstate 5 on HWY 12 in Lodi, CA, Michael David Winery wines regularly take top awards and gain recognition nationwide. For more information, visit the Michael David Winery website at www.michaeldavidwinery.com, Facebook page at facebook.com/michaeldavidwinery, or Instagram page @MichaelDavidWinery.