This wine lover’s true obsession began in the Florida Keys in 1973 at a first growth Bordeaux tasting and chance meeting with a wine professor from France. Before this, Michael “Mitchell” Holloway, owner and winemaker of Holloway Cellars, admits his knowledge of wine was basically nonexistent with the exception of Spain’s infamous Mateus Rosé. This happened to pair perfectly with the fresh lobster and grouper that he caught off his sailboat daily. Holloway became fast friends with professor “Bill” who taught him about the great blends of Bordeaux over the next five years.

Moving his family to California in 1977 resulted in being exposed to a whole new culture of wine. For the past twenty nine years the Holloway family has lived outside of Sebastopol in the heart of Sonoma County. Soon after moving into their county home, Holloway built a wine cellar in the basement to hold his growing collection. Over the years he participated in many tastings, developing a special appreciation for artisan winemaking.

After 30 years of being in the antique American Indian art business, Mitchell Holloway decided to make the switch to the wine industry. For almost four years he worked as a wine consultant and buyer for a shop specializing in artisan wines of California.

In 2002, all the years of helping friends and family at their wineries paid off. Finally, he accepted an offer to make his own wine. Knowing how much work was involved, he didn’t want to venture into a project unless he could access fruit that was somehow unknown and, at the same time, unique. Through an association at that time with Fred Schrader, he was able to get his hands on the perfect fruit. In February 2005, the 2002 Holloway Cellars Cabernet Sauvignon was released. The rest, as they say, is history in the “wine-making.”