Fabulous People: Sara Meichtry

Sara Meichtry is the new cellar master at Europa Village Wineries & Resort, an award-winning destination wine resort in Temecula Valley. “We work with 42 different varietals that are derived from three different European countries and work hard to create a unique experience that makes it feel like you’ve stepped across the folds of a map in both atmosphere and wine.” Learn about Sara Meichtry…

Follow at: @europavillage

Hometown: Murrieta, CA

First job: Hostess at a local, family-owned Italian restaurant.

Favorite ways to spend your free time in CA: I enjoy camping, reading, writing, off-roading, spending time with friends and family and being outside.

Your biggest accomplishment and why: Becoming a cellar master at 24 years old. Winemaking—viticulture and enology— is an old field, and its jobs are usually taken up by people who have worked in the industry for decades and have family ties to it. Being so young and filling such a large role within the industry fills me with such pride.

The biggest obstacle you overcame: Figuring out who I am and what I want to do. There are so many fantastic things between hardships and joy, and each presents its obstacles—but in the grand scheme of things, the biggest thing I had to figure out—and that I’m still figuring out—is who I am and who I want to be.

Someone who inspires you and why: This may sound incredibly cliché because the person who inspires me the most, the person I am chasing to be, is my future self. I see that version of myself achieving everything I set my mind to.

Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: Have patience and connect with others. The more people you connect with, the more people will recognize you, respect you and refer you.

Favorite quote: “What you focus on grows. You have to see it pretty.” — My dad

Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: My fiancé and I will be getting married next year. He was my first-ever boyfriend, my first love and I can’t wait to experience life with him.

What makes someone fabulous: Their work ethic and who they surround themselves with.

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