Robert Fiore Description
Robert Fiore, the winemaker at Peter Michael Winery, stands as a remarkable figure in the world of viticulture and enology, blending his profound expertise in geology with a deep-seated passion for winemaking. His journey in the realm of wine is a fascinating tale of academic rigor, global exploration, and creative innovation.
Fiore’s early fascination with geology laid the groundwork for his future in winemaking. His extensive academic journey in geological sciences, culminating in a Master of Science degree, provided him with a unique perspective on the intricate relationship between terroir and wine. This background in Earth Sciences led him to investigate geologic formations globally, further solidifying his understanding of the natural world.
It was during his geological studies that Robert’s interest in wine burgeoned. This newfound passion prompted him to delve into the world of wine, inspiring him to explore renowned wine regions across the globe. This journey eventually led him to California in 2001, where he pursued a Master’s Degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis. Here, Fiore’s fascination with the interplay between wine and terroir deepened, particularly during his time in France’s Côte d’Or as a Confrèrie des Chevaliers du Tastevin Fellowship Laureate. This experience allowed him to engage with vignerons who had tended their land for centuries, enriching his understanding of the craft.
Robert’s winemaking career is marked by noteworthy experiences, including internships at distinguished Napa Valley wineries such as Spring Mountain Vineyard, Buccella, and Arietta. His skills were further honed through the production of small-lot Pinot Noir in the Sta. Rita Hills AVA. His global wine explorations continued, particularly in Burgundy and the south of France, enriching his perspective and approach to winemaking.
In 2016, Fiore’s career took a significant turn when he joined the winemaking team at Continuum Estate, working under Tim Mondavi for three years. This experience further solidified his approach to winemaking, which is characterized by a blend of classical techniques and innovative practices.
Joining Peter Michael Winery, Fiore became part of a legacy of passionate winemakers who uphold the winery’s philosophy of classical winemaking infused with innovation. At Peter Michael Winery, Fiore continues to apply his unique blend of scientific knowledge and creative flair, contributing significantly to the winery’s legacy of producing exquisite wines. His approach, which includes the exclusive use of wild yeast, reflects a deep commitment to exploring the essence of the winery’s terroir, a journey that began with pioneers like Helen Turley and was further developed by Mark Aubert and Luc and Nicolas Morlet.
In conclusion, Robert Fiore is a winemaker whose background in geology and global wine experiences have equipped him with a unique set of skills and perspectives. His role at Peter Michael Winery is not just about crafting fine wines; it’s about continuing a tradition of excellence and innovation, deeply rooted in the understanding of the land and the art of winemaking.