From his days as a young boy working on a Midwest farm, Brian Cunat developed an interest and respect for agriculture and farming that has grown into a life’s passion and a dream. Brian and his wife, Miki, have traveled extensively, touring wineries, walking vineyards and enjoying local cuisines and flavors. Their first visit to the Napa Valley with its natural beauty and welcoming residents, along with the exceptional quality of wines produced from the region gave real inspiration to their family dream.
In 2007, Brian and his brother John purchased a 50-acre property in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley as an investment. Brian decided to combine his love of wine and his dream of farming by working with an expert team of vineyard managers and winemakers. The property was transformed with Merlot, Petit Verdot, Malbec, Syrah, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Viognier. In 2014 they completed construction of a state-of-the-art winery capable of producing 150,000 gallons and a beautiful tasting room.
The Cunat family is involved in the winery operations on a daily basis. Brian and Miki’s youngest daughter has been instrumental in the designs of the product labels and collateral materials. Brian’s brother, John, and the extended Cunat family continue to be supportive investors in Cunat Family Vineyards as well as active brand advocates.
Each Materra wine is a perfect expression of the land, the grapes, the passion the Cunat family has invested in each bottle and the unyielding quality delivered consistently by the growing conditions and terroir of the Napa Valley. Brian and the entire Cunat family look forward to sharing their dreams with you over a glass of Materra.
Harry Heitz grew up in the wine business – his grandfather and father were both highly respected Napa Valley winemakers. Harry took a bit of a detour, pursuing a degree in Information Systems Management from Western Washington University and finally winding up back in the Napa Valley as an IT consultant for a small firm serving the wine industry.
In 2012 he rejoined his family’s winery, where he had worked off and on since the age of 15. Harry has held almost every role in the wine industry – from barrel roller, to lab technician, wholesale sales, tasting room host and beyond.
In 2018, he joined Materra | Cunat Family Vineyards which until then had been run by his wife, Neena. When Neena departed to pursue her love of photography, it was the perfect opportunity to transition to a new role.
Harry lives in Napa with his wife Neena and anywhere from 2 to 8 cats depending on how many they are fostering.