MARKHAM VINEYARDS HOLIDAY HOURS

The Visitors Center will be closed on Thanksgiving.

Please note that the Visitors Center will also be closing at
12pm on December 15.

Additionally, Markham Vineyards will be closed on:
December 24-26, 2017 & January 1, 2018.

We look forward to welcoming you soon!

 

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Dave Flanary is a native Californian who grew up in the Sacramento Valley. Dave spent his youth working various farming jobs – from peaches to tomatoes to walnuts. Those jobs made him appreciate the land and and value the process of growing good food (now wine) for people to enjoy. He left the farming world and graduated from California State University, Chico, with a degree in business administration.

Prior to joining Markham Vineyards in 1992 as Controller, Dave was Senior Manager at Deloitte in Santa Rosa, specializing in wine and beverages. His precise nature makes him perfect for his job. As another long-serving employee at Markham Vineyards, not much escapes his critical eye and attention for detail which totally fits the Markham ideal! After working as Chief Financial Officer, then General Manger of the winery for many years, Dave was named President in 2016.

However, if he had the opportunity to do it all over again, you might find him racing his bicycle anywhere in the world. He still likes to ride when he can – we suspect that his garage is stuffed to the rafters with more bicycles than one man could really use – but all of that exercise allows him to indulge in the great food on offer in and around wine country. “I like to eat,” says Dave, “and this is a great place for that.” He’s also a bit of a self-confessed car geek; you’ve probably seen him sporting his Mini Cooper around the valley.

 

Robert Diaz

Robert Diaz is too serious…but maybe that is a good thing? A passionate love of high-end red wines has endeared himself to and cemented his spot on the winemaking team.

Currently enjoying the task of raising his young family, he probably finds it similar to managing the cellar crew here at Markham. A day spent in the company of his family always yields photos with huge smiles all the way around.  It It might be a picnic at the park followed by soccer or baseball, just know that there is always laughing and a special bottle of wine to share.

Kimberlee Nicholls 

Every winemaker has a unique path that leads him or her to the fascinating process of transforming grapes into wine - Kimberlee will happily tell anyone that her path was forged when she "met a boy" at college. That "boy" was from Northern California, where they decided to settle after getting married. She's been making wine ever since - and for more than 20 years at Markham.

Often heard espousing, “I’m a better cook than a winemaker,” Kim thoroughly enjoys throwing small dinner parties for family and friends. Those intimate gatherings make wine inspiration and food memories come to life for her. She knows she’s nailed the most recent blend when she would serve that wine with a favorite dish she fondly remembers from her grandmother's cooking.

As the mother of two teenagers, she is hoping to pass the mantle so that the love of food, wine and family is instilled to the next generation. If there is a gathering at the winery, be assured that dessert has probably been hand-made by Kim since she used to decorate cakes professionally.

Kimberlee is part of a select group of women winemakers in the Napa Valley. Her palate, tasting skills and experience ensure Markham’s consistency and true-to-type varietal expression are evident vintage after vintage. She is committed to keeping the history of the winery alive, as shown in her creation of the Cellar 1879 Red Blend - an homage to Markham founder Jean Laurent who built the winery's stone cellar in 1879. But it's Kim's innovation and willingness to constantly improve in the vineyard and in the cellar which ensure that your next bottle of Markham will match perfectly with whatever she is - or you are - cooking. Portrait of Kimberlee courtesy of Robert Holmes.

 

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In 1978 Bruce Markham hired Bryan Del Bondio, a recent UC Davis viticulture graduate, as his General Manager. Bryan became president of the winery a decade later and held that position for 28 years. He continues to guide the winery in his role as Senior Advisor.

Bryan literally grew up in the wine business, learning from his father, Al, who worked as winery cellar master at Inglenook for 45 years. Bryan’s mother, Marie, also spent 40 years at Inglenook. Winemaking is a Del Bondio family tradition. His family has practiced the art of winemaking for three generations, since his grandparents emigrated from Italy to the lush winemaking region of Napa over 100 years ago.

Bryan has dedicated his life to creating something special at Markham. Taking the lessons he learned from his father, Bryan has committed himself to maintaining continuity amongst key staff members and creating a family atmosphere at Markham. Together, Bryan and his dedicated coworkers are committed to keeping the history of the winery alive – creating high quality wines that are always unpretentious in style.