If industry enthusiasts believe making wine is a roller coaster ride — especially in the age of western wildfires and COVID-19 — then Michael Brughelli should feel right at home, considering he once planned to either go into mechanical engineering like his father or design roller coasters.
In joining two others on a Bank of Marin wine lending team for the Central Coast, Brughelli takes the newly created position of vice president and market officer. Since 2018, the Novato-based financial institution has focused on the region as an area of increased wine lending potential. The industry has shown it deserves its own financial division for some banks.
Brughelli, 38, has a background in agriculture starting with his childhood, working on a farm then majoring in viticulture. His experience in the winemaking business spans 15 years.
The winemaker-turned-banker has already counseled many winery owners and managers about how to navigate their