Vinelands: Maysara Winery

Maysara is a work-in-progress that began in 1997 when Moe and Flora Momtazi bought 500 acres of disused wheat farm to create a vineyard. Their journey to that point had been anything but ordinary. The couple fled their native Iran in 1982.

Innovators: Abacela

The only thing rarer than original thought is, perhaps, the courage to act on it. “One of the criteria for doing a harebrained thing like starting a winery is you have to be a romantic idealist,” Earl says.