“The name Mamacita came about because the wine originally was made of Malvasia, which my phone kept auto-correcting to Mamacita. The name stuck!” When Breanne Day was 16, her family moved to the Willamette Valley, where she spent days driving through the burgeoning wine landscape. She was immediately attracted to the vineyards orderliness and vibrancy. In her early 20’s, Day’s curiosity surrounding wine continued to grow and she traveled throughout the world’s wine regions for almost two years, documenting the wines that she tasted and asking as many questions as she could. When she came home in 2008, she decided on becoming a winemaker. After studying at Chemeketa Community College and working in France, New Zealand and Argentina, Day returned to Oregon and set out to work and learn every angle of the wine business. She worked for producers who were making wines in ways she wanted to: The Eyrie Vineyards and Brooks Winery. In 2012, a friend in the Valley asked if she was interested in buying some fruit from his family’s vineyard. She decided it was the right time to get started and made 125 cases of single vineyard Pinot noir. Since that first vintage, Day Wines has grown from 125 cases to 5,000 cases annually.