The Team

Proprietors Ali Namdar and Kambiz Safinya are international businessmen and brothers-in-law. They developed Sonatina Vineyard as an extension of their passion for art, music and wine. The Xurus wine is the ultimate fulfillment of this passion.

Winemakers May-Britt and Denis Malbec are highly respected winemakers with extensive experience on three continents. Denis was born at the renowned Château Latour in Bordeaux and is the third generation of his family to have worked at the famed estate. Denis started there as a cellar worker in 1993 and was Enologist and Cellar Master from 1994 - 2000, when he and May-Britt left to become international winemakers. May-Britt was a top sommelier in some of Stockholm's best restaurants, has won the award for Best Sommelier in the Nordic Countries and served on international sommelier judging panels. Her trained palate and experience are essential to this project.

Vineyard Manager David Weiss is a highly respected vineyard manager and the owner of Bella Vista Farming Company. A graduate of Stanford University, David has served as director on several association boards, including the Lake County Winegrape Commission and the California Association of Winegrape Growers.