Winemaker Bruce Regalia
Bruce Regalia was born into an Italian family and learned about the senses of taste and smell at an early age. His grandparents haled from from Genoa and Calabria, and the family was brought up in the Italian tradition that everyone was underfed but Sundays were made to eat and drink. It was Bruce’s indoctrination into the world of food and wine.
In college he identified the agricultural field as his calling and received a degree in agronomy and then graduated from California State University, Chico with a degree in plant and soil science and botany. After college he worked as an entomologist for a large farming company in the northern Sacramento Valley and then went to work for a consortium farming 500 acres of walnuts near Chico.
In the mid 80s Bruce managed a Mendocino County vineyard and learned how to make wine by asking questions to those around him. While developing a vineyard for a client who fired its winemaker just before harvest, Bruce was thrust into his first job as “winemaker”. That property was later purchased by Duckhorn Wine Company where he became winemaker and general manager of a Pinot Noir project called Goldeneye. After seven vintages and Goldeye’s success, Bruce left Duckhorn to provide consultation services for several winemaking programs as well as run a custom crush facility near Ukiah.
In 2005 Bruce took over the Madrigal Wine program which was, at the time, being crushed at Napa Wine Company in Oakville. Madrigal Vineyards completed construction of a new winery in 2007.
Bruce has been with the Kimmel Family since 2006 and works closely with our vineyard manager Mark Welch to grow and select only the finest grapes for our wines.