President, Co-Founder, Viticulturist, Engineer
A native of Washington State, Mark grew up in Walla Walla, one of Washington’s most exclusive winegrowing regions - his formative years spent steeped in agriculture and ranching. He has several years of successful large-scale commercial viticulture experience, including all aspects of vineyard development, operations and harvesting. These include land preparation, efficient vineyard design, surveying, heavy equipment use, project scheduling and commercial planting. Mark has extensive experience in managing grapevines throughout their life cycle, from nursery to setting of fruit to all aspects of annual vine canopy management and harvest.
Vice-President, Co-Founder, Wine Maker, Winery Operations
Marc is a first generation American who grew up with deep and diverse connections to his family in Europe. The artistic side of his family in Switzerland is part of the “old-world” wine culture. His family owns a small private vineyard and has produced wines for many generations. Marc’s experiences working with his family and learning the craft first-hand have left an indelible impression on him. Throughout his life his regular family visits abroad have cultivated a knowledge and appreciation for the traditions of winemaking creating a passion that has come back full circle with Flying Leap. Marc completed the Winemaking Certificate Program from the University of California, Davis in the autumn of 2012.
Marketing and Events
Tasting Room Director, Assistant Wine Maker
Rolf joins Flying Leap from Schliersee, Germany, a small lakeside village about 30 miles south of Munich in the Bavarian Alps of southern Germany. He served in the German Air Force, and was stationed in El Paso, Texas for many years before relocating to Tucson with his wife, Carrie. He has returned to the wine industry here in the US, and is now in charge of all of Flying Leap’s tasting rooms. Rolf is steadfastly dedicated to providing all of our customers with a first class wine tasting experience in all our tasting rooms, as well as enhancing our customer’s understanding of wine, wine & food pairing and the Arizona wine industry at large.
Tasting Room Associate (Willcox, Elgin, St. Philips Plaza)
Cindy’s introduction to wine making came when she was in high school using Concord grape juice and baker’s yeast. Fun, but according to Cindy “it tasted terrible!” Needless to say Cindy’s tastes and knowledge of wine has increased dramatically over the years. Though briefly contemplating U. C. Davis’ Enology program Cindy decided on a B.S. in Microbiology and Chemistry from the University of Arizona, followed by graduate course work in Immunology. While raising her family and teaching Agriculture Science, Cindy began touring Arizona farms and vineyards, falling in love with grape vines all over again. Cindy is a wonderful addition to the Flying Leap Family and her presence brings joy to our hearts!