After earning his business degree from Montreal’s prestigious McGill University, Alex MacGregor made the first logical career step for any new college grad…he went to work tending bar. Fortunately, it wasn’t just any bar. It was a popular Toronto restaurant with one of the most progressive wine programs in the country—naturally, that’s how he caught the “wine bug.” After obtaining his sommelier certificate, Alex worked as a somm assisting Canada’s only Master of Wine (at the time), before spending a year traveling across wine regions in France, Spain, New Zealand, and Australia. He returned from that fateful trip convinced: it was time to step outside of restaurants…and right into the winery.
After immigrating to the United States to study enology and viticulture at UC Davis in California, he found his first job as an enologist in Dry Creek Valley. Ten years later, he joined Saracina Vineyards as its first winemaker in 2001, excited to be a part of charming Mendocino—from its many family-owned farms to its pockets of ancient vines.
When he’s not out inspecting the vines, you can find him hard at work in the winery, obsessing about our next great release.