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Bulmaro Montes - President

At the age of 16, Bulmaro Montes came to California from Oaxaca, Mexico to fulfill the American dream. With a high school education and speaking very little English Bulmaro started working as a laborer along with his father Manuel Montes Sr. and his brother Manuel Montes. After working seven days a week to accomplish his dream, Bulmaro's destiny changed and was recognized for his hard work and dedication. In 1973 Bulmaro was promoted to Vineyard Manager of Joseph Phelps Vineyards. With continuous passion and dedication with the industry Bulmaro was later promoted to Vice President of Operations for Joseph Phelps Vineyards. His passion for the vineyards and his willingness to continue growing has made him one of the most respected Vineyard Managers in the Napa Valley. He was behind JPV's key wines, Insignia, Backus and Cabernet Sauvignon.

In June 2003 Bulmaro retired from Phelps but could not stay away from his obsession with his vines. Marita's Vineyard is now a new era in Bulmaro's life. With over 40 years of experience Bulmaro introduces Marita's Vineyard and SOMA wines in continuation of generations of creating superior wines. With the same dedication, knowledge and passion Bulmaro will continue to dominate the industry.