Martha’s foray into the wine industry began in 1980 when she married Charlie Barra, a veteran vintner/grape grower. Since that time, she has worked side-by-side with Charlie Barra farming 200 acres of organic-certified vineyards, creating fine organic wines, and building successful wine brands.
Often referred to as the “Other Martha”, Martha Barra can give Ms. Stewart a run for her money when it comes to entertaining, cooking, decorating and most importantly, running a business! A driving force behind the creation of all of the Barra Family wine brands (BARRA of Mendocino, CORO Mendocino and Girasole Vineyards) Martha’s hard work, dedication and keen business sense have helped build global noteriety of their family owned and farmed wines.
Martha currently spends most of her time overseeing all the vineyard operations, doing local tastings and events, working with the winemakers to set flavor profiles, and managing all of the organic certification processes.
Martha’s special interests include cooking and entertaining with emphasis on food and wine pairings, traveling, studying architecture and remodeling houses. She also participates in her community by raising funds for local schools, museums, colleges and other foundations in need of additional resources.
Current favorite bottle of wine: BARRA of Mendocino 2016 Pinot Noir Rosé
Favorite food: Any kind of seafood (especially freshly picked mussels from the Mendocino Coast)
Favorite band: Rod Stewart
Favorite saying/words of wisdom: “It’s better to burn out than rust out”