Michael Smith ~ Director of Sales
Having always had a passion for the finer things in life, it seems only fitting that Michael would be in the wine business. Over the past ten plus years, Michael has worked in several different areas of the wine business. Having started his career with Young’s Market Company in Northern California, Michael learned from the ground up. Starting on the chain side of the distributorship as a merchandiser, and then eventually working as an on-premise sales specialist in the Bay Area. After leaving Young’s Market Company, he went on to work for Chappellet Vineyards and Winery in St. Helena, Frazier Family Estate in Napa, and prior to joining the Axios Napa Valley team, he spent eight years with Peirano Estate Vineyards in Lodi, CA.
These experiences have helped shape Michael for his role with Axios Napa Valley. Michael is quoted with saying, “It is a tremendous honor for me to be a part of such a dynamic group of people. From the direction and vision cast by owner Gus Kalaris, and the brilliant wine making of Robert Egelhoff, I feel very fortunate to a part of this powerhouse team.”