Matchbook welcomes winemaker, Brandon Reitz, to the Matchbook team.
Brandon Reitz grew up in the Sierra Nevada foothills, working outside driving equipment and building various structures. He worked for a large home building contractor and attended CSU Chico, but left the building industry after the economic downturn of 2007. He returned home, disappointed with the construction industry and not sure where his passions truly lay, just in time to help his father rip up their hilltop homestead to plant vineyards. Under the tutelage of a consulting Viticulturist from Napa, Brandon fully embraced the hard, rocky, dirty job. After moving to Napa, working harvest at a custom crush facility and attending Napa Valley College’s Viticulture and Enology program, he knew he had found his passion. At the custom crush facility, Brandon worked with small winery clients on their productions and was kept on after harvest as a full-time cellar hand.
His dedication and energy caught the interest of one of those custom crush clients, renowned cult winemaker Mark Herold. For the next three years, Brandon worked with Herold’s various wines, styles and clients before moving on to Bin to Bottle in Napa where he worked as Client Winemaker and ended as the Assistant Director of Winemaking. Working with 30 custom crush clients and wines from all over California proved to be his greatest learning experience. By the Winter of 2017, seven years of commuting from Sacramento to Napa had taken its toll and a change was needed. Brandon wanted to work closer to home. He knew that fine wines could be made outside of Napa if the vines, climate, soil and people were “right”. When the position at Matchbook became available, Brandon knew there was an opportunity and jumped in with both feet. After working with Steve Mathiasson, he knew that great wines were being produced from the Dunnigan Hills AVA and shortly thereafter his decision to join the Matchbook team was finalized.
In his spare time Brandon enjoys off-time with his wife Jordan and their two-year-old son Harrison. With their black lab Hank, they explore the American River parkway and enjoy visiting lesser known wineries and traveling along the California coast.