Vineyard Manager Mark Welch


Mark Welch came to Mendocino County in 1980, after completing his Masters Degree at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. Soon employed by Victor Matheu Vineyards, a large privately owned vineyard, he farmed for Mr. Matheu until the ranch was sold to Domaine Chandon in 1989.

In 1989, Mark was invited by Domaine Chandon to form his own company while continuing to farm the Victor Matheu Vineyard property. With the encouragement of Domaine Chandon, Mark established Welch Vineyard Management Services, Inc., (WVMS), which became an independent, full farming service company operating in Mendocino, Lake, and Sonoma Counties. WVMS currently farms approximately 550 acres throughout the North Coast.

WVMS has developed and farmed vineyards in the Anderson Valley, Ukiah, Hopland, Redwood Valley and Potter Valley in Mendocino County. In Lake County, Mark has developed vineyards in Clearlake Oaks, Hidden Valley, the Red Hills district and the Kelseyville bench - Big Valley area. He has also provided full farming services to clients in Lakeport, Kelseyville, Lower Lake, Clearlake Oaks and Hidden Valley. He is currently developing and managing vineyards in Cloverdale as well. Owning and leasing vineyard properties, Mark also provides full farming services under vineyard management agreements with other property owners.

In the last few years, Mark has begun to concentrate on preferred clients with whom he shares a common farming philosophy and ongoing friendships, dedicated to farming with respect for the land and the environment. We farm sustainably, organically and biodynamically, according to our clients’ wishes.

Mark graduated from Santa Clara University with a B.A. in Spanish and Latin American Studies and received a Masters Degree in Agriculture from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. He was a foreign exchange student in Madrid, Spain during his undergraduate period at Santa Clara and resided in Lima, Peru upon his graduation.

As a past president of the Mendocino County Farm Bureau and a long time director/member, Mark was a director/treasurer of the North Coast Grape Growers Association, an organization promoting the interests of northern California coastal wine grape producers. He was also a member and past director of the Mendocino Wine Grape and Wine Commission.