Mike Schoenbaechler is a longtime resident of Las Vegas, beginning his winemaking path as an amateur winemaker with Grape Expectations founder, Charlie Peters, in 2005. Mike stepped into the professional side of winemaking in 2012, officially joining the Grape Expectations team. After Charlie’s untimely passing at the end of 2012, Mike picked up the reigns as Chief Winemaker. Mike pioneered Grape Expectations Spring Winemaking Season, importing grapes for the first time from Chili in 2013, implementing our specialty 2 & 3 year wines (The Barolo, Brunello & Bordeaux-style wines), and, finally, spearheading the opening of Vegas Valley Winery, the first and only winery (as of 2019) in Clark County, NV. As co-owner of Grape Expectations & Vegas Valley Winery, with Patty Peters, Mike continues to invest in the craft of winemaking with continuing education & collaboration with UC Davis, supporting the growing viticulture industry in Nevada and contributing to the growth & development of the wine industry in Nevada.