Matt Taylor’s passion for Pinot Noir is infectious. Matt describes his winemaking style as “weight without heaviness.” With Reuling Vineyard, Matt will make a few key changes that he feels will let the vineyard have greater voice, ultimately with the goal of producing world class wine that offers balance, grace, and age ability.
With over a decade of Biodyamic® viticulture and winemaking experience under his belt, Matt shares Tim and Jackie Reuling’s steadfast desire to produce wines that are reflective of the land on which they are grown—balanced, nuanced and expressive. At Reuling Vineyard, he works carefully to steer the vineyard towards great wines, block by block.
Matt most recently worked with Araujo Estate Wines, where he held a unique position as both winemaker and vineyard manager. There, he had the honor to work with Bart and Daphne Araujo, who not only had the utmost respect for his stewardship of their Eisele Vineyard, but also eventually encouraged and funded Matt to start his own Pinot Noir brand, on one condition: that he would only work with the best vineyards he could find. In addition to Reuling, Matt is overseeing the biodynamic Front Porch Farm, located in Healdsburg. He was recently featured in the San Francisco Chronicle as a “Winemaker to Watch” and as one of Wine Enthusiast’s “Top 40 Tastemakers Under 40.”
Matt’s love of Pinot Noir first developed in 2000 when he worked at Joseph Swan Vineyards. Determined to learn every aspect of the business after completing his viticulture and oenology degree at Fresno State, Matt traveled extensively throughout Europe before landing in Burgundy for a harvest internship at Domaine Dujac. It was there that he expanded his knowledge of biodynamic farming and decided that its values would forever be a part of his life.