Juan is a semi-native New Yorker raised on the Eastern End of Long Island originally hailing from Cd. Juarez, Mexico. He is a graduate of the State University of New York at Binghamton with a B.S. in Psychobiology. He started his journey in the fermented beverage industry in 1999 at Pellegrini Vineyards as a cellar door sales associate. In 2000 he accepted the position of assistant brewmaster at the nationally recognized Southampton Publick House before returning to the wine industry in 2001 and has remained ever since. He assumed the role of winemaker at Martha Clara Vineyards in 2007. Juan has been the recipient of the Governors Cup and the Jefferson Trophy and has been widely recognized for many of his wines. He is married to Bridget Q. Micieli-Martinez who is certified with the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and candidate in the Master Court of Sommeliers. They have a three year old son and reside in Riverhead, NY.