Braiden Albrecht, the visionary winemaker behind Mayacamas Vineyards and Winery, commands attention not just for his impressive Wine Spectator No. 2 ranking in 2019 but for his unassuming demeanor and passion for winemaking. A Sonoma native, Albrecht’s journey from UC Berkeley’s agriculture program to Himalayan adventures and Southern Hemisphere harvests shaped his unique perspective. Joining Mayacamas in 2013, he rose through the ranks, steering the winery post-2017 fires. Humble about accolades, he credits the team for success, emphasizing quality over quantity. With a focus on organic practices, Albrecht, also a family vineyard steward, anticipates new challenges and flavors in Mayacamas’ evolving story.