Meet The Team

Winemaker

Alex MacGregor

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.

Proprietors

The Taub Family

Nearly 100 years in the making and spanning four generations, the Taub family’s legacy is firmly rooted in the world of wine and spirits. Third-generation Marc D. Taub grew up watching his grandfather and father introduce America to the wines of Italy and beyond in the 1970s. After countless visits to some of the world’s greatest estates and after decades spent working in the business—first, for some of California’s biggest names and later, alongside his dad—Marc developed a deep passion for fine wine and world-class hospitality. His love for California brought him west, along with his son Jake who collaborates closely with Marc and the Saracina team.

GENERAL MANAGER

Maura Mazzoni

A native of California wine country, Maura Mazzoni has been in the wine industry for 11 years—from working the harvest in Chile to selling super-premium Napa Valley Cabernet. She joined the Saracina team in August of 2020 as Director of Sales & Hospitality and was promoted to General Manager in August 2022. She oversees the day-to-day operations of the estate, customer outreach, marketing, hospitality, estate construction & development, planning, and sales forecasting.

“My family owns a vineyard and winery in Alexander Valley, so farming and multigenerational wine businesses are my favorite brands to champion and build,” she says. “Creating unforgettable wine experiences that connect our customers to the land, our sustainable farming practices, and high-quality, limited-production wines is my calling in life.”

Married for eight years with two young boys (who may one day be fifth-generation vineyard farmers or winemakers!), Maura
graduated from Sonoma State University with an Executive MBA in Wine Business Strategies in July of 2021. A fan of the Stoics, Maura’s favorite quote is: “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” – Seneca

Events Manager

Olivia Camilleri

Midwest-born and wine-country raised, Olivia is a mother of two, the daughter of a chef, and lives for wine and food. She cut her events management teeth working in the fashion industry in both New York City and San Francisco. After many years in fashion (and after becoming a mother) Olivia pivoted and helped to found a non-profit organization dedicated to children’s health. There, she became a nutrition-based culinary instructor and educator. Her segue to the wine industry followed, where she’s been serving as wine educator, events director, and hospitality manager for the better part of the last decade. “Through every change, each industry, and all my positions, I have always managed events and still absolutely love every minute of it,” she says.

Office manager

Gay Seitz

Gay has worked in the wine industry for 10+ years and has been our Office Manager since 2018. Though she was born and raised in neighboring Sonoma County, she loves all the experiences Mendocino County has to offer. She’s a proud mom of five grown children and an even more proud grandma of four beautiful granddaughters. “I very much enjoy my career and I love working with the wonderful team here at Saracina Vineyards!”

Tasting room manager

Paloma Rodriguez

Paloma Victoria Rodriguez Irizarry is a native Puerto Rican who holds a bachelor’s degree in pedagogy and a master’s degree in linguistics. In 2020, a life-changing event landed her in the wine industry but her background in higher education gives is a huge advantage when it comes to introducing people to the world of wine. After just two years, she was promoted to Tasting Room Manager and hosts amazing wine experiences for our guests in both English and Spanish. “Falling in love with wine—the beauty of viticulture, and the history behind the wine world—has also opened my heart to this amazing industry.”

CARLOS LOPEZ
RANCH MANAGER

CARLOS LOPEZ

Born in Michoacán, Mexico, Carlos immigrated to the United States in 2001. He joined the Saracina team in 2010 as the Ranch Foreman prior to being promoted to Ranch Manager. Before he came to us, Carlos learned everything about farming and land management at neighboring Hopland estate, Brutocao Family Vineyards. (Carlos also used to work at Contreras Market in Ukiah and knows how to break down an entire cow for its meat—no wonder his favorite part of his job is cooking for the whole team!)

Carlos is responsible for vineyard irrigation, land & wildlife management, facility maintenance, planting and tending to our famous sunflower field, and caring for our animals: the bees, alpaca, goats, and of course, Wilbur the vineyard dog.

He’s happily married with four beautiful children. His favorite wine: “Ice cold Saracina rosé—it's delicious!”