Monte co-founded Patton Valley with Dave Chen in 1995 and currently serves as its General Manager, overseeing all operations.
Born and raised in the Midwest, Monte came to the wine business after training as a biochemist at the University of Wisconsin. With a background in fermentation, he worked for Genentech and Abbott Labs before a desire to marry biotechnology with investments led Monte to the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern. It was there that he met Dave Chen, and the seeds for Patton Valley were planted. Finishing at Kellogg in the mid-1980’s, he worked for several Wall Street firms, covering biotech as an analyst and investment banker. In 1996, when Monte and Dave were ready to take the plunge into the wine world, Monte moved his family to Oregon where he oversaw the planting of the first vines in 1997. Monte served as winemaker in 1999 and 2000 crafting Patton Valley’s first two vintages. Monte continues to keep a foot in the biotech investment world as a partner in Four Oaks Partners, a life sciences financial advisory firm.
When not working his two jobs, Monte likes to play golf (badly) and tries to control his good-natured, but poorly-trained dog, Ollie.