Our Team

Matt Meineke
Matt Meineke Visionary/ Owner / Winemaker / Vineyard Manager
Matt found his passion for wine in his mid 20’s. During his prior career as a VW Technician Matt was given a bottle of wine as a thank you gift and shortly after, the interest was borne.  Matt and Tara spent many weekends in Niagara-On-The-Lake touring wine country.  During these travels they got the “wine-bug” and believed world-class wine must be grown and produced in their backyard. After the purchase of the winery property in 2007, the rest is history. When not at the winery Matt enjoys spending time with his family, exercising, cooking and travel.
Tara Meineke
Tara MeinekeOwner / Marketing Director
Tara found the same passion for wine as Matt during their travels to Niagara-on-the-Lake and has played an integral part of all operations since M Cellars inception. With her background in the education field, she has the perfect mindset and patience for all things marketing, HR and client care. Tara’s most impressive and important skill however is keeping a family and business in order with integrity and kindness. Outside of focusing on the business, she has a passion for health and fitness.

Ricardo Barbosa


Ricardo has been with us at M Cellars since 2012 and has made a career of keeping the vineyards pristine.  He understands the concept of growing  wine, not just grapes.  With obsessive attention to detail and relentless pursuit of perfection, he truly is the first and last line of defense for all of the farming practices.  When not working, Ricardo enjoys spending time as a grandparent with his family.

Scott Stutz

Sommelier / Business consultant

Scott has been a wine professional since 2008 and holds the industry recognized advanced accreditation from Wine and Spirit Education Trust.  Scott also had a successful 35-year career as an IT Professional and executive leader in Engineering Technologies and Marketing strategies.  When not at work, Scott enjoys time at his lake house, travel, cooking, wine, spirits, and golf.

Joe Petros

Wine Consultant

Joe is a retired education industry veteran with 43 years experience, ranging from teacher to high school principal.  He has also completed course work with American Wine School in Cleveland, Ohio.  Joe has been with M for 4 years and loves giving clients the full scope of tasting profiles and possibilities with the wines.  When not working at M Cellars, or enjoying time with his family, he is a member of multiple boards in Ashtabula county and an active member of the community.

Chris Mullan

Wine Consultant

Chris is nearing the end of a successful career as an educator at a private institution and has chosen to follow his passion for wine, physical activity, and social engagement.   Chris came to M as a client 5 years ago and now proudly shares the wines as a tasting room representative with clients.  When not working at M he enjoys officiating track meets and many outdoor activities.

aka “Mac”

Cellar Master / Wine Consultant

“Mac” has done just about everything in his career ranging from geology to heavy equipment operation to country club work.  We are fortunate to utilize many of Mac’s problem solving and organizational skills as well as his general willingness to be part of the team.  He is most important for maintaining quality in the wine cellar, plus is part of the tasting room team.    When not working at M, he is an avid golfer tearing up the local courses.

Ray Billy

Wine Consultant

Ray is a happily retired science teacher of 30+ and has been with us at M for 4 years.   He enjoys sharing his passion for food and wine with the M clients.  Ray has a love for adventure, travel and is an active member of the local community.

Paige Smearman

Wine Consultant

Paige first came to M as a customer first in 2012 and has now been working weekends since 2017.   We love her bubbly personality, knowledge of wine and sincere level of client service.  When not working, Paige enjoys hiking and kayaking.

Andy Tough

Wine Consultant

 Andy is an automotive industry professional with Mazda of America and is responsible for assisting dealerships with the most challenging of technical issues.   We first met Andy in 2010 where he and Matt were coworkers at the dealership.  He helped in the vineyard during the pre-winery days and now continues to charm M Cellars clients on the weekends.  When not working, Andy enjoys outdoor activities.

Courtney Faulstich

Tasting Room Support

Courtney has a passion and drive for excellence with every task performed at M.  She is responsible for keeping the tasting room staff efficient with supplies and also all of the food preparation.  When not working, Courtney enjoys spending time with her husband and daughter along with arts and crafts.