We're currently open for tastings at our West Berkeley winery & tasting room on Saturday & Sunday from 12-4pm. Tastings include four Maître de Chai wines and cost $30/person. Wine Club Members receive complimentary wine tastings for the member & a guest - we ask that members email us to book.
In addition to our tastings, we offer wood-fired pizzas to purchase on-site on a first come, first served basis. We make a limited amount of dough each day and our menu changes weekly based on what's in season. For the most up-to-date information on menus and availability, please follow us on Instagram (@mdcwine) and sign up for our mailing list.
Maître de Chai translates to keeper of the cellar, or the person responsible for the development and aging of wine. By extension, the humble cellar master is the person responsible for the management of the winery.
Established in 2012, Maître de Chai is the personal project of Marty Winters and Alex Pitts. Together we look to make wines of high quality in a way that best showcases the sense of place where the grapes are grown and the personality of the vineyard. From the ground to the bottle, the character of the wine is the focus of our endeavor. We source grapes from unique and distinct single vineyards that are impeccably farmed here in California.
As our name implies, we care for the wines in the cellar. We defer to nature, limiting our intervention. We taste and we wait, allowing the wines to develop and speak for the places in which they are rooted.