Tobacco Road Cellars: winery information
Winemaker: Michael Zitzlaff
Michael is the new General Manager and Chief Winemaker for Tobacco Road Cellars, overseeing all aspects of the production of our Sonoma Pinot Noir, Santa Barbara Syrah and Napa Valley Cabernet. Michael brings a stellar background and expertise to the team and we look forward to continuing to produce the highest quality wines at Tobacco Road.
Michael has had full winemaking responsibility for his family’s winery; Oakridge Estate located in the Yarra Valley, one hour East of Melbourne, Australia. After successfully building the Oakridge wine brand nationally and internationally, Michael initiated and managed an IPO in Oakridge Vineyards Limited where he was Chairman and CEO.
His wines have been recognized internationally receiving awards such as, “Warren Winiarski – Stag’s Leap Trophy” for “Best Cabernet Sauvignon of Show” and “The Wolf Blass Trophy” for “Best Australian Red Wine of Show” at the International Wine and Spirit Competition, London in 2000 and receiving the award for “Best New World Pinot Noir” at the International Wine Challenge in London, 2002.
Annual Production: 1,000 cases
Tobacco Road Cellars sources the finest quality grapes from the following vineyards:
Grape Varieties Planted