Keith and Nancy Mietz bought an old neglected vineyard in 1978. In 1981 they decided to replant Merlot on the property. In prusuit of growing fine wine they used the formula: vine health, plus optimum yeilds, equals balanced, mature fruit. Keith made his first vintage from the property in 1989 under the label Mietz Cellars. Since their first vintage Keith has added many other varietals under the Mietz label. Along with his daughter Alexa as assistant winemaker, they continue to follow his original formula.