Mia Klein

Mia Klein

Bressler Vineyards (Winemaker)

Cimarossa Vineyards (Winemaker)

Selene Wines (Winemaker & Owner)

Mia Klein is among the most widely respected winemakers in California. She is credited with an innate ability to craft wines of finesse and balance from top-quality fruit. Before starting her career as a winemaker, Mia thought seriously about becoming a chef, even taking a high school course that included cooking at a local fish restaurant (Mia loves to cook.). During her last year of high school, she worked at a wine store, and this experience ultimately led her to enroll in the Fermentation Science program at the University of California, Davis; she received her degree there in 1983.

Mia had worked a harvest at Chappellet while at UC Davis, and after earning her degree, was offered a full-time position at the winery under the tutelage of its winemaker, Cathy Corison. Her duties were in both the laboratory and the cellar, and included working the nightshift as a “cellar rat.”In 1988 she moved on to the Robert Pepi winery, where she met her future consulting partner, Tony Soter. She began consulting with several of Napa Valley’s biggest names including Araujo, Bressler, Spottswoode, Viader, and Fisher. Klein may be best known for her work at Dalla Valle Vineyard, where she successfully followed Heidi Peterson Barrett as Winemaker.

In 1991, Mia established her personal label, Selene. Selene is exclusively focused on the Bordeaux varietals that thrive in the Napa Valley vineyards. Merlot and Sauvignon Blanc have been produced since 1991, and Cabernet Sauvignon and a Cabernet Franc-based red wine (Chesler) have been produced since 2002.

In addition to making wine for her own label, Mia is the winemaker for several small, super-premium producers in Napa, including Bressler Vineyards and Cimarossa Vineyards. Mia was the original winemaker at Bressler, which was founded in 1999, and has been the winemaker for Cimarossa since its 2007 vintage. She is the consulting winemaker for Palmaz Vineyards.