Wine Industry Leaders – 2018
Dan Petroski, Thought Leader Among Winemakers
Thought leader among winemakers Dan Petroski is winemaker at Larkmead Vineyards as well as founder of his own label, Massican. He spent 10 years as a magazine executive before moving to Italy in 2005 where he spent a year living and working with the family that owns Sicilian winery Valle dell’ Acate. Petroski returned from Italy, joining Larkmead as an intern while assisting winemaker Andy Smith with the harvest. Petroski was hired the next year, responsible for daily management of Larkmead winemaking; five years later he was promoted to winemaker. He’s also part of Band of Vintners, born from a seven-member tasting group, each member with a unique wine knowledge base across Napa County. Petroski also hosts periodic salons, which gather leaders throughout the region to discuss strategic issues, such as the future of Cabernet Sauvignon in Napa Valley.