Massican

California / USA

At A Glance

Winemaker(s)

Dan Petroski

Appellation

Napa Valley

Varieties

Tocai Friulano, Ribolla Gialla, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Greco, Pinot Grigio

Quote

Massican is taking a new approach to white wines in California. Not only with varieties, but also blends and styles.

Their Story

“Massican is named after the coastal mountain range on the southern Italian peninsula in the region of Campania.” — Dan Petroski, Owner and Winemaker of Massican

Inspired by the white wines he drank while in Friuli, Dan Petroski founded ­­­­­­Massican in 2009; releasing three white wines, Annia (named after his mother), Sauvignon, and Gemina. Sommeliers and wine lovers alike quickly found themselves attracted to his focused, fresh, and structured Napa Valley white wines. Demand grew in California and in Dan’s home state of New York as Massican became an incredible example of the possibilities of Napa Valley white winemaking.

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Dan in Nichelini Vineyard in Chiles Valley; home of his Tocai Friulano planted in 1946.

For us, it began in 2010 when tasting the first vintage of “Annia”, a blend at the time of Friulano, Chardonnay, and Ribolla Gialla. With its floral aromatics, gorgeous acidity, citrus and saline driven palette, the 2009 Massican “Annia” changed the way we viewed Napa Valley white wine and furthermore, opened our eyes to the possibilities of what California wine can be. Three years later, with the release of the 2012 vintage and endless enthusiasm to share the Massican wines, Dan became the first winemaker to allow us to represent his wines, Massican the first winery in our portfolio, and Dan forever in our minds nothing other than family.  We thank you Dan. We can’t say it enough.

“At Massican it is our pursuit and love of unique, memorable white wines; wines that we wish to share.” — Dan Petroski, Owner and Winemaker of Massican

Interview with Dan Petroski, Owner and Winemaker of Massican

Where were you born and raised? Brooklyn, NY If you could briefly describe your approach in the vineyard what would it be? To ask the vines if they are happy or not. What excites you most about your vineyards? Vine age. Tocai planted in 1946. Chardonnay in 1992. Sauvignon Blanc in 1993. If you could say one thing to the sommeliers who are introducing people to your wines for the first time, what would it be? Massican is taking a new approach to white wines in California. Not only with varieties, but also blends and styles. What is your favorite type of music? I don't really have a favorite. Atmosphere and environment dictates the best music for the situation. During harvest, rock, indie rock, alternative rock and post-punk are on regular rotation. If you could have any superhero power, what would you choose? The ability to not sleep. Visit Massican Website