Michael Trujillo, Partner and Winemaker
Michael grew up in ranch country in Southern Colorado. Back in 1982, Michael worked his first summer break from college for food and lodging in the vineyards of Napa Valley. Not afraid of hard work, he was impressed with the bounty and flavors on the table each night, as well as the quality and abundance of great wine as a reward for a hard day’s work. Michael never left California after that first summer.
Michael’s passion and interest in the wine industry developed over many years of hard work and continues to be influenced by many industry experts and a wide variety of experiences. His almost 30 years of wine industry experience include vineyard work, academic study at both The University of California, Davis and Napa Valley College, and winemaking tutelage by industry legacies like Andre Tchelistcheff, Tony Soter and Jim Allen. Michael became an assistant winemaker in 1988 and in 1991 began his first venture, launching his own brand Karl Lawrence Cellars, a brand he created to try his independent hand at making outstanding Cabernet Sauvignon with the very best Napa Valley grapes. Today Michael shares his winemaking expertise and counsel with several Napa Valley wineries as well as continuing to manage the launch of his own brand Trujillo wines.
The wines produced under Michael’s direction consistently receive high praise and accolades in the press and Michael continues to apply his creativity to his winemaking - expanding his breadth and expertise with new blends, different techniques and the most current technology and production processes. Michael resides in the northeastern hills of Napa Valley where he continues to share his passion and love of the land and all its possibilities with his young daughter, Sophia and wife Teri.