Our roots run deep here in Lodi. With over 150 years of family farming, the Michael David name has become more than just a winery; it’s a culture.
The Phillips Family
We and Lodi go way back. We’ve been farming this soil since the 1850’s and cultivating wine grapes since the early 20th century. Our founders, brothers Michael and David Phillips, are 5th generation grape growers who have raised their families in the vineyard, and now the 6th generation has joined the team, Mike’s son Kevin and daughter Melissa. We, more than most, understand the importance of leaving it better than you found it for future generations. Our family legacy and love of Lodi drive our focus on sustainability.
Plus, we’re pretty fun too.
No matter what kinds of crazy stories you’ve heard, you can’t make wine with robots. Well maybe you can, we’ve actually never tried it. The real humans on our winemaking team, while slightly less good at some things (e.g. The Robot), are just really good at the delicate balance of farming, science, and intuition that is making our wine. Which is something we can all agree R2D2 really sucked at.
Mike Phillips (aka “Michael”)
Co-Owner & Founder
Lifetime tractor driver, UC Davis grad, 5th generation Lodi grape grower, brother, husband, father, grandfather, jet-setter, untraditionalist.
Raised in Lodi, Mike worked harvests from a young age. After college, he wanted to show the wine world what Lodi was capable of and started planting unexpected varietals. In 1984, he opened a small tasting room at his parents’ farmstand. Today, you know that farmstand as Michael David Winery, and it’s helped put Lodi on the map as one of the finest wine regions in the world.
Dave Phillips (aka “David”)
Co-Owner & President
Early adopter of farmer’s markets, underage winemaker, long distance runner, UC Davis alum, champion of Lodi Wines, cork dork, brother, husband, father, outdoor enthusiast.
Working the family farm and vineyards from a young age, Dave returned to Lodi in 1989 after graduation, a job in the wine cork industry, and backpacking the world. Since then, he’s combined his love of our wines with his love of travelling by overseeing distribution from just one state to all 50, then onto 32 countries!
VP of Sales & Marketing
Director of Awesomeness, Lodi philanthropist, eternal optimist, dance enthusiast, sister, wife, mother, wannabe yogi, secret Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.
A recovering overachiever, Melissa graduated from Cal Poly with a double degree in Ag Business and Wine & Viticulture before heading to Sonoma State for her Certificate of Wine Business. With 10+ years in the wine industry, she strives for innovation while leading an empowered team. A seeker of life balance, Melissa enjoys sugary cereal... with organic milk of course.
VP of Operations
Harvest wrangler, sustainability expert, Lodi Rules champion, a pest’s worst nightmare, son, husband, father, fisherman, hunter, skiier, Fresno State beer pong champion.
A proponent of sustainable farming and integral in transitioning our vineyards to the rigorous Lodi Rules program, Kevin ensured we were the first CA winery to pay bonuses to all Lodi Rules-certified growers. With two degrees in Ag Business and Plant Science, today he oversees all of our farming operations and harvest logistics for our 750+ acres.
Director of Winemaking
5th generation Lodi grape grower, boy genius, award winner, Fresno State alum, son, husband, father, amateur gold medalist, fly fisher, hunter, travel lover.
At 16, Adam had taken more college courses on winemaking than most of us had passed at 20. Having earned gold medals as an amateur winemaker, he established Mettler Family Vineyards. After winemaking in South Australia and Livermore, Adam joined our team in 2005 and oversees all aspects of our winemaking. We look forward to celebrating his 17th birthday this March!
Smartypants wine guy, fermentation enthusiast, knowledge sharer, Fresno State alum, husband, father, watersports devotee, music maker.
Cutting his winemaking teeth in the Napa and Shenandoah Valleys, Jeff joined our team in 2009 and has been making award-winning wines ever since. With a published study and quite a few wine conference presentations under his belt, Jeff still finds every opportunity to surf, dive, ski, hang at the beach with his family, and toast special moments with great wine.
Blending buff, Fresno State alum, mountain climber, fisherman, avid camper, seeker of the perfect golf game, cow corral-er, family man.
With a general love of travel, the great outdoors, and a rather useful degree in Enology and Viticulture, Derek joined our team in 2007. He loves the excitement and winemaking challenges that he encounters while making our Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, and Petit Verdot blends, but considers his family the most rewarding job of all. Aww.
Moon skeptic, vampire golf aficionado, alphabet conspiracy theorist, Tracy Morgan’s long lost brother, professional cat herder, undercover weirdo.
Majoring in Ag Business and minoring in Wine & Viticulture, Scott graduated Cal Poly with a sparkle in his eye and a dream in his heart. He soon realized that dream as one of our harvest lab techs, then making wine (and throwing shrimp on the barbie) down under. Today, Scott finds the perfect balance between art, science, and production that results in great wine.
Rooted in Lodi
We’ve called Lodi our home for 6 generations, and our winery, still family-run, continues to stay committed to the land, community, and spirit of our hometown.
Our unconventional collection of wines are all responsibly grown in Lodi, California according to the Lodi Rules, a set of over 100 standards that account for all aspects of making quality wine in a sustainable manner: environmental, social, and economic.