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Matthiasson are run by two farmers, husband and wife Steve and Jill Matthiasson. Steve is the viticulturist and winemaker and Jill runs the business side of the operations while also farming a number of fruit trees which she sells at select farmers’ markets in Napa (Napa Valley Fruit Company). Both Steve and Jill have long been interested in farming – Steve was drawn to gardening while in college and Jill studied botany and later worked for a family farming non-profit. Both met while in Davis while Steve was studying agriculture at UC Davis. Their small home vineyard (Matthiasson) is located on the western side of the Oak Knoll District just north of the city of Napa and it’s encroaching suburbs. Previously planted entirely to Merlot, they now grow some very obscure for Napa Valley varietals here focusing on grapes found in north east Italy/Slovenia border including Refosco, Ribolla Gialla, Tocai Friulano and two rows of Schioppettino.