Massimo Monticelli

Massimo heads the winemaking team with a strong assist from his brother, Mario. The Monticelli brothers would have had a hard time being anything other than winemakers, given the fact that the subject of wine in their four-generation family of winemakers is nothing less than sacred. The tradition that began with their great-grandfather in Italy continues on in Massimo and Mario, who honed their wine knowledge in the enology and viticulture program at UC Davis. The resumes of both men are dotted with glittering names, such as Silver Oak, Caldwell, Constant, and Vineyard 29, as well as their own Monticelli Brothers label. Rob feels very fortunate to have the brothers on the Paratus winemaking team. “They are serious winemakers, but don’t take themselves too seriously. For them, it’s always foremost about the grapes and how to coax the essence of our remarkable Mount Veeder terroir into Paratus.”