Rocket-scientist turned winemaker whose career is set for the stars
- This rocket scientist was studying to be an astronaut before he decided wine was even cooler than space. So he dropped aeronautics and picked up a degree in winemaking from UC Davis.
- And he dropped conventional distribution just as quickly! When he saw the power of Angel funding, he immediately signed up, eager to create better wines at better prices.
- Angel funding is allowing this hugely talented and driven individual to apply all his attention to making the best wine possible. Whether it's huge Cabernet or juicy Moscato, Matt knows how to craft show-stopping wines.
Matt Iaconis's Story
I originally went to UC Davis to play football and study Aeronautical Engineering. While there, somebody suggested I take Introduction to Winemaking as an elective. The rest is history. It was the first final I ever wanted to study for so it was a no-brainer. Making wine is so much fun. Following each step and watching the wine progress is really what makes my brain click.
When I make wine, I like to stay simple. So many wineries and winemakers these days get too caught up in optical-this and additive-that; keeping it simple is the easiest way to make a great wine. Wine is not meant to be a recipe where you throw a laundry list of ingredients in to make a product; it's meant to be a natural process in which we intervene only when necessary. I guess I am a bit old school.
That said, you can definitely take the non-intervention too far. I once saw a winery where they had to fish a dozen dead frogs out of an open top fermenter. The poor little guys took the final plunge into a vat of fermenting wine. I'm sure the French would have loved that one! :)
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