On a personal quest to produce significant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, Michael McNeill has spent many years and worked with dozens of vineyards throughout California and Oregon. In his early winemaking days, McNeill honed his talent and skill at Chalone Vineyard. His appointment as Winemaker at Hanzell in 2008 brought him full circle in working with the great California pioneers. Here at Hanzell, informed by tradition, he seeks to produce wines that best express the special and unique qualities of this place. Outside of Hanzell, McNeill enjoys live music, working in his garden, skiing in his beloved Tahoe and riding in the annual “Bring Your Own Big-Wheel” race in San Francisco.