Updated: Feb 4, 2021
"Vine Society needed an MS that would make our Master Classes and Travel Experiences vision a reality, and Max was a perfect fit"! Mariano J Doble, Founder of Vine Society
A brief history...
While studying History at the University of Montana, Max Kast supported himself by working in restaurants and wine bars. With a pocket full of tip money, he purchased a bottle of 1991 Chateau Musar Rouge and fell completely in love with wine. After graduating with a BA, he decided to forego the world of academia for a full time career in the world of food and wine when he realized he spent more time reading Michael Broadbent, Kermit Lynch, and Jancis Robinson than applying to grad school. Max was the wine director at the Relais & Chateaux property, Triple Creek Ranch in the Bitteroot Valley of Montana before he moved to Chapel Hill, NC where he spent 10-years as Wine Director of the Grand Chef Relais & Chateaux Fearrington House Restaurant. During his time at the Fearrington House he helped the property earn the coveted Grand Chef Relais & Chateaux and the Forbes Five Star designations.
In 2018 after over a decade of traveling, tasting, studying and more studying, Max earned the coveted designation of Master Sommelier from the Court of Master Sommeliers. Max is one of only 273 Master Sommeliers in the world. Since 2016 Max has worked for Broadbent Selections, where he passionately promotes their diverse portfolio of family-owned global boutique wineries from around the world including the wine that set him on his path, Chateau Musar.
Why Maximillian Kast?
"In addition to Max's amazing skills, mastery and passion for wine, his approach to making wine education a fun experience is what makes him an extraordinary fit with our "Grape to Glass" wine education program.
We are excited to have Max leading our educational series and travel experiences. We can't wait see you at one of our Master Classes or Travel Experiences, we know you will love Max as much as we do!!!