Mark Grassi grew up in Northern California in Walnut Creek. Fond of wilder places, he moved to Napa Valley in 1980. He was torn between working in the wine industry and in construction, and first chose the latter. All the while, Mark kept taking viticulture and enology classes at Napa Valley College and refining his palate.
In 1989, Mark launched Grassi & Associates, builders of custom homes, wineries and estates in Napa and Sonoma Valley. The firm is known for its green building techniques and outstanding craftsmanship. In 1999, he and his wife, Jami, acquired 14 fertile acres in one of Napas finest winegrowing areas. That vision became reality with Grassi Wine Company, founded in 2001. Mark nurtured the vineyard to its first commercial release in 2005 and continues to oversee production, with winemaker Robbie Meyer.
“It is especially gratifying to have my daughter, Cassandra, join me in this dream, as we bring to market small production, quality wines created from our own vineyard.” — Mark Grassi