Martha’s foray into the wine industry began in 1980 when she married Charlie Barra, a pioneer of organic grape growing in Mendocino County. Working side by side with Charlie for almost 40 years, Martha played a pivotal role in helping build the family wine business into what it is today; over 350 acres of certified organic vineyards, two wine brands, and a 2.8 million gallon custom crush facility. Early work experience in the field of law and real estate helped Martha develop a strong business acumen that was critical to the development of the Barra family's footprint in Mendocino County.
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 notoriety 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 bottles of wine: BARRA of Mendocino 2020 Chardonnay & Girasole Vineyards 2019 Charlie's Blend
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”