Director of Operations
Tony grew up in the small town of Fairfax, located in Marin County. Always fascinated with the vineyards and the wine his parents drank, he went on to study Wine and Viticulture at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. During his studies he worked at the student vineyard on Cal Poly’s campus and part-time for Tablas Creek Vineyards. This was where his enthusiasm for wine and viticulture really took off. Soon after graduating he travelled to New Zealand where he worked in the vineyards at the well-known Bell Hill Vineyard in North Canterbury, then travelled up to Marlborough to work vintage at Indevin.
After New Zealand, he set his sights back to California where he worked at Bedrock Wine Co. and got the chance to work with some of the oldest vineyards in California. While he was there he was introduced to Austin Black, the Winemaker at Mac Forbes in Australia. He was given the opportunity work for Mac Forbes in the Yarra Valley and took it.
He spent his time working in the vineyards and in cellar and loved every minute of it. While working full-time for Mac Forbes, he was able to travel to Austria and work a vintage at Moric in Burgenland. It was there he fell even more in love with old vines and sparked his interest in working with Austrian varietals.
Deciding to end his working abroad, Tony relocated back to California and accepted the position at Punchdown Cellars where he enjoys working closely with his clients and seeing fruit from all over the state.
When he is not running the cellar Tony enjoys being outside with friends and family. Snowboarding, hiking, and golf are a few of his favorites.