Interview: How to be a winemaker with Kelly Urbanik
Kelly Urbanik is a winemaker at Macari Vineyards in Mattituck, NY. She’s the third guest for “Jackie’s Fave 5.” As Kelly will say, “It’s not rocket science, it’s just wine making.”
Below is a summary of our interview:
Steve Jobs said, “the only way to do great work is to love what you do.”
Kelly grew up in California in wine country. But as a kid, she didn’t really think it was something she could do to make a living. And her grandpa had a small vineyard that she would take care of. They would make a little home wine as a family. It was a family activity for her. Many times her brother and Kelly didn’t enjoy it. And she ended up going to college nearby and studied chemistry at the University of California, Davis and took an Intro to Wine course. When she graduated, she ended up doing an internship in France. It was there when Kelly decided she wanted to be a winemaker. She learned about the vineyards and winery, but she knew she wanted to incorporate her love for science and being on her feet and outdoors part time. Winemaking gave her the ability to be outside and to love what she does.
A Low Point
For her, it was being a woman and being young. Just trying to get her first job, proving herself, was difficult. Maybe some people haven’t taken her seriously. There were times she had to prove herself through hard work.
After she moved to New York and had been working a couple of years, her boss let her have the freedom for harvesting the wine and the fermentations and making decisions. It gave her the confidence to know she can be appreciated.
Her work now
Macari Vineyards is owned by a family. It’s a true family tradition – three generations. Out on Long Island, it’s a very young wine region. So they’re trying to not be as conventional and looking to push the envelope. They’re going for high quality. Their signature red is Bergen Road Blend…merlot, cabernet franc, and Malbec. It’s a rich full-bodied red, and goes well with steak and big meals. Their white wine is the Sauvignon Blanc because it goes perfectly with fish and local foods. However, wine making can be stressful throughout the harvests.
What’s exciting Kelly now
Macari has a new white blend, Dos Aguas, that they’re going to be releasing this fall and they’re working on the sparkling wine, from fermentation. It means basically it’s the hands on work for a traditional sparkling wine. They’re always trying new things and learning new things about wine.
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Helpful Habit :
Make a list for everything. She also is unable to turn off her nose. So if she’s tasting wine, she smells everything.
A really helpful person was Kip, who became her mentor., since .
And Wine Business but that doesn’t interest wine newbies. It’s for those who love the vino.
What’s Your Purpose:
Making wine is fun and wine makes people happy, so Kelly’s purpose is to live a happy life, and she can help others live a happy life through her job as a winemaker.
Where to follow Kelly and Parting Words
You don’t have to study wine in college, just do an internship. You don’t need to go to a fancy college. Anyone can do it. So, if you are interested in winemaking, and thinking about it as a career, it’s possible. The most important thing is do what you love.