The Family

About | Winemaker

MFV Christmas Pic 2013 Michael & Alexandra Marston
When Michael and Alexandra Marston first became involved with the (then) Menasco Ranch in 1969, it was not long after their marriage. Over the years they have energetically maintained and enhanced the property, lending their deep understanding and love of the vineyard to echo in its wines. Michael and Alexandra are true stewards of the land having donated over 200 acres to conservation and “forever wild”.

2013-05-10 05.35.30 Elizabeth Marston Leahy & James Leahy
Elizabeth manages the winery operations, and revels in the opportunity to share her love of the property with winery guests. Her fondest memories date back to harvests as a young girl in the former horse barn, which also served as the rustic winery in the early days. Elizabeth is also the co-founder of NG: The Next Generation in Wine, and the former Vice-President of the Spring Mountain Appellation.

Prior to joining the family business, Elizabeth spent several years in London and New York City studying Classics and began her professional career in book publishing. Given her background, Elizabeth truly believes that literature and wine are two of life’s greatest pleasures.

James is delighted to assist Elizabeth on all winery matters, but prefers to be in the vineyard studying various vineyard practices and working with our team in the cellar. He is carrying on the family tradition of our commitment to the Spring Mountain Appellation, and is currently president of our AVA.

John & Tanya Marston
John grew up spending his summers at the vineyard, and at an early age realized his passion for wine. Over the years his devotion to wine has developed into a most discerning palate, which has been vital to the evolution of the family business. John is a practicing attorney in San Francisco, but is always quick to lend his legal expertise, vast knowledge of wine, and great sense of humor.

Tanya and John were married on a beautiful June day at the family vineyard in 2007. Tanya is passionate about wine and attended the U.C. Davis Graduate School of Management program, where she was the Co-President of the Wine Business Consulting Group. Tanya currently works in marketing and is an integral part of the ongoing operations with the family business.

John and Tanya recently welcomed the newest member of the family, Baby Kathryn Grace. Born in January 2014, Kathryn has already participated in a wine tasting with winemaker Marbue, attended her first Spring Mountain pre-harvest party and earmarked some of the 2014 vintage for her future use. We are thrilled to welcome her as the third generation of Marston Family Vineyard.

Tucker by barrels birdcage 2011 resized Tucker Marston Leahy
Tucker is proud to be the official greeter for winery guests, and four legged ambassador for Marston Family Vineyard.

His favorite past times include sprinting down vineyard rows to chase the wild turkeys and sneaking the occasional grape cluster to share his assessment of our harvest quality.

Tucker made his official debut in the third edition of Winery Dogs of Napa Valley!