Maura Christoffers

Maura Christoffers

March Wines (Winemaker & Owner)

Maura Christoffers grew up near the beaches in Southern California, but decided to radically change her surroundings by attending the agriculture school at the University of California, Davis, starting in 2006. While studying Mathematics there, she learned of the Viticulture and Enology program and knew that it provided the perfect mix of science and hands-on work that she desired.

Four years later, with a BS in Viticulture and Enology, a Minor in Managerial Economics, and an internship at Beaulieu Vineyard under her belt, Maura left the country to gain experience abroad. This included working in Barossa Valley, Australia, for two vintages, Pflaz, Germany, and Central Otago, New Zealand, while returning each year to Napa for the Northern Hemisphere harvest at locations such as Vine Cliff Winery, Silver Oak Cellars, and Duckhorn Wine Company. As a consequence of this broad experience, she was able to get involved in all aspects of winemaking, including the cellar, vineyards, and lab, while working with over 30 varietals. Maura settled down in 2013 in Napa at Miner Family Winery, with the position as Enologist and was quickly moved up to Assistant Winemaker a year later.

In 2016 while still working as Assistant Winemaker at Miner, Maura and her partner started their own label, March Wines. It is a project focusing on Maura’s favorite varietal, Riesling, which she has made all over the world.

She lives in Napa Valley with her partner, winemaker Charley Johnson, and their Giant Great Dane, Hannah. Most of her spare time outside of her responsibilities at Miner and March is spent camping, throwing pottery on her wheel, cooking, yoga, and walking Hannah at Alston Park.