Friday, April 20, 2012
Virginia Wineworks and Michael Shaps Wines
Michael Schaps has been making wine in central Virginia since 1995. He previously worked with two highly regarded central Virginia wineries – Jefferson Vineyards, and King Family Vineyards. He currently works as a consultant to wineries in several states and has been involved in the startup of more than ten wineries.
Michael is also a partner in Maison Shaps & Roucher-Sarrazin in Meursault, France. Michael oversees all Virginia Wineworks operations and works with partner Philip Stafford on strategic planning for the winery. He holds a BPA (Brevet Professionnel Agricole) in Enology and Viticulture from Lycée Viticole de Beaune, France. In addition, he has a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Marketing from Skidmore College.
Michael's partner is Philip Stafford. Philip worked in the vineyards in Bordeaux in 1978 and opened central Virginia’s first fine wine shop in 1979. In 1987 he founded USA Wine Imports, a wine import and distribution company based in New York City. He continues his ownership and management position there. Philip oversees all financial and compliance work, and works with Michael on strategic planning.
Laurent Saint Martin has been working as Co-Winemaker at Wineworks since 2009. He studied viticulture and enology at Bordeaux-Blanquefort in France, and works on bottling, vineyard management, as well as taking point on the many projects of harvest. Manu Galineau, from Loupiac, France, near Sauternes is a fifth generation winemaker, and his family has a farm and vineyard in France.
Together, they make a great team.
I have long been a fan of Michael Shaps. For ten years I have followed his wines and watched in wonder. Recently I tried two that were absolutely wonderful.
Nice to see Michael Shaps Wines maturing an improving. Great stuff. A classy winery for a growing region.