Winegrower - profile
“After 35 years, working alongside Kathryn Kennedy, her son Marty Mathis continues their commitment to growing and making world class sustainable wines.”
Named winemaker at the age of 22 and then named President in 1988. Creator of LATERAL brand. Considered one of the top winemakers in the Santa Cruz Mountains region. Best known for Cabernet Sauvignon wines capable of achieving world class quality with age. Transformed the Estate Vineyard to Certified Organic Status by CCOF in 2007.
Awards and achievements
National Champion Cabernet Sauvignon by Wine Enthusiast Magazine in 1984.
Best of Show - California State Fair
Best of Show - LA County Fair
Best Of Show -Santa Cruz County Fair
Best Of Show - West Coast Wine Comp.
Twice awarded 93 Pts by the Wine Spectator for 1985 and 2008 vintages.
Served 12 years as judge at the Orange County Wine Competition.
Served as Judge at California State Fair.
Born and raised in Saratoga, CA. the youngest of four children of Kathryn Kennedy. Marty grew up in this rural location and was influenced by the remnants of the Santa Clara Valley orchard industry; playing among the fields and learning farming methods such as tree fruit pruning and tractor skills from elder neighbors, including his aunt and uncle and his grandfather. First exposure to viticulture came at the age of 14, when his mother began planting grapevines on their 7 acres. With the exception of 4 years away for college, Marty has been living and working at the Estate Vineyard continuously and has recently completed his 40th vintage there.