Markus Niggli—founder of Markus Wine Co. at Borra Vineyards in Lodi, California-- is an exceptionally talented and savvy winemaker who started making his own small-production line of edgy, artisanal white wines in 2010. He was not quite 40 years old, having left his first career in the travel marketing industry, based in his native country Switzerland, about seven years earlier in 2003 to embark on a second career in wine. It would not be long before he added rosé and red wines to his portfolio.
Niggli came to Lodi in 2006 when Steve Borra, third generation winemaker and owner of Borra Vineyards, hired him to oversee the cellar. Niggli quickly rose to the role of winemaker in 2010. In addition, he managed the cellar and tasting room, worked with artists to design the wine labels, and oversaw all wholesale grape and [...]