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The Team

Marty Lagina

Born in Kingsford on Michigan’s Upper Peninsula, Marty has spent nearly all his life living in Michigan. His background is in engineering and the energy business, but with family ties to one of Italy’s premier winegrowing areas, a passion for wine is in his blood. Marty’s vision for Mari Vineyards is simple: world-class red wines, made locally in northern Michigan but with a nod to the Italian style of his ancestors.

When he’s not off hunting treasure on Oak Island or on some other ill-advised misadventure, Marty’s vision and leadership guide the most important decisions at Mari Vineyards. From what grapes to plant to the architecture of our tasting room and winery, Marty has made sure Mari Vineyards stays true to his dream.

Alex Lagina

After graduating from the University of Michigan with a degree in mechanical engineering, Alex moved back to his hometown of Traverse City to take part in the family business. With the success of the award winning Mari Vineyards wines, his focus was shifted to support the expansion of the vineyards and the construction of the new winery on Old Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Michigan.

When Alex is not working on the development of the winery, he is out filming for the Curse of Oak Island. The show follows Alex, his father Marty Lagina and his uncle Rick Lagina as they attempt to use modern technology to hunt for treasure on Oak Island off the coast of Nova Scotia.

Sean O'Keefe

Mari Vineyards's full-time winemaker Sean O'Keefe's winemaking pedigree is unparalleled. A member of Michigan's "First Family of Riesling," Sean brings his years of experience as a winemaker, co-owner, and vice president at Chateau Grand Traverse to the cellars of Mari Vineyards. It's that experience, combined with high-quality grapes and the freedom to make each vintage according to the character of that year’s grapes has resulted in our outstanding, international award-winning wines. Now in his sixth year as Mari Vineyard’s vintner, Sean continues to innovate and experiment, which means exciting things are in store for Michigan wine lovers!

Sean Noell

Sean graduated from Michigan State University in 2010 with a bachelor’s degree in horticulture. A Traverse City native, Sean moved home to start his career as the Vineyard Manager at Mutual Farm Management. As the Vineyard Manager Sean oversaw Mari Vineyards’ grapes and specialized in the production and care of the Nellaserra Vineyards.

After six years on the farm, Sean’s knowledge and expertise made him an obvious candidate for expanding into wine making. Sean was chosen as the Cellar Master for Mari Vineyards in September 2016. He plays a vital role in producing and ensuring the quality of Mari Vineyards’ wines.