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Director of Winemaking at Michael Mondavi Family Estate, Tony Coltrin brings more than 35 years of winemaking experience to Hangtime. He grew up in St. Helena, working and playing in the vineyards, and one day the grandfather of one of his closest friends suggested Tony work a harvest at Robert Mondavi Winery.
In 1973, Robert Mondavi Winery was leading the industry in innovative practices. The harvest experience peaked Tony’s interest and turned into a 30-year-long career with Robert and Michael Mondavi that went from dragging hoses and shoveling fermenters in the cellar to becoming Cellarmaster and then Winemaker.
When the company sold, Tony joined Michael Mondavi and his son Rob in making the fine wines of Michael Mondavi Family Estate. ”Over the years I have come to believe that great wine is not only a reflection of soil, climate, and grape varieties, but equally an intimate expression of the passion of the people behind it,” says Tony. “If the grapes are the heart of a wine…the people are its soul.”
Why “Hangtime”? We named our wine after a key part of grape growing -the amount of time grapes spend hanging on the vines. The longer the time on the vine, the more concentrated the fruit character, resulting in wines of distinctive, delicious varietal expression.
Winemaker Tony Coltrin works hand-in-hand with nature to decide exactly how many days on the vine grapes need for perfect ripening.