David Marchesi
Director of Winemaking

Northern California native David Marchesi caught the winemaking bug as a history major at the University of San Diego, where he became fascinated with the impact of wine and spice on the shaping of early civilizations. He combined this fascination with his interest in horticulture and botany, and an increasing love of wine to secure a position at Oakville's Cakebread Cellars while studying viticulture and winemaking at Napa Valley College.

He began traveling the wine world in 2001, working harvest for d’Arenburg in McLaren Vale, South Australia and visiting over 100 wineries before continuing his studies at the University of Adelaide. David returned to Sonoma to supervise the cellar at Gundlach Bundschu and in four years became head winemaker for its sister winery, Bartholomew Park. He refined his approach to blending and vineyard management working alongside long-time vineyard manager and organic farming pioneer Phil Coturri.

In 2008, David left Sonoma for Napa Valley to become winemaker at Paraduxx Winery combining his passion for viticulture with his love of blending. Six years later, he returned to Sonoma Valley as director of winemaking for Madrone Vineyards Estate where he is responsible for the oversight of all winemaking, cellar and vineyard operations. "To be in a position to help grow and shape the future of an iconic, Sonoma Valley winery, to usher in a new era of winemaking and to work with and learn from true industry veterans - it’s a once in a lifetime opportunity," he says.

David returned to his beloved Sonoma Valley in 2014 as the Director of Winemaking for Madrone Vineyards Estate where he is responsible for the oversight of all winemaking, cellar and vineyard operations for Madrone Vineyards Estate wines.

A proud father of two, David spends his down time with his wife and children exploring Sonoma County and the shores and mountains of Lake Tahoe.