Dawn Martella

Dawn Martella

Winemaker (Consulting Winemaker)

Dawn Martella for over 14 years was the winemaker for Karmère Vineyards and Winery, a 6500-case facility in the heart of California’s Shenandoah Valley. She left there in late 2021 and is currently devoting her time to consulting and teaching classes for home winemakers.

A relative newcomer to the winemaking industry, Dawn’s passion for her art was evident in the subtle complexity of her wines. Her emphasis on vineyard expression and understanding of yeast attributes and barrel contributions resulted in carefully crafted, award-winning wines. Prior to her relationship with Karmère, Dawn and her husband, Richard, were part owners in another local winery, where she served as both general manager and assistant winemaker.

Dawn and Richard, a winegrower, especially enjoy time with their family and friends. A farmer at heart and an avid gardener, she can often be found walking the vineyards to see what the grapes are doing. Dawn also enjoys hiking, kayaking, and motorcycling.