Our Winemakers

Michael Shaps + Michael Heny

Michael Shaps


In 1990 Michael Shaps moved to France where he enrolled in the Lycée Viticole de Beaune in Burgundy to study enology and viticulture. Here he was privileged to study under the guidance of Burgundy's noted professors and winemakers, working two vintages at the esteemed Maison Chartron et Trebuchet in Puligny Montrachet.

In 1995 Michael moved to Virginia to work at Jefferson Vineyards as head winemaker and general manager, where he quickly accumulated numerous awards and acquired a reputation as one of Virginia’s up-and-coming winemakers.  After six vintages Michael ventured out on his own and began producing wine under the now highly regarded “Michael Shaps” label. 

In 2004 he partnered with his old mentor and head winemaker at Maison Chartron et Trebuchet and together they opened a winery and rental house in Meursault, France, one of Burgundy’s most renowned winemaking villages.  

Maison Shaps is a garage-ist style winery, focusing on small vineyard lots from some of Burgundy’s most famous vineyard sites.  These artisanal-style wines are imported to the United States and sold along the East Coast.

Michael opened Virginia Wineworks in 2007.  This multi-faceted operation is both the home of the Michael Shaps brand and Virginia’s first custom crush winemaking operation. In 2014 Michael expanded Wineworks into an operation that approaches 30,000 cases of annual wine production.

Known in the industry for his innovation and winemaking expertise, Michael has won numerous awards, spoken at wine conferences in California and throughout the East Coast, and consulted at dozens of reputable wineries in the mid-Atlantic region.  Both an innovator and entrepreneur by nature, Michael continues to be a leader in the Virginia wine scene.

Michael Heny


Michael Heny studied Mechanical Engineering and Comparative Literature at the University of Virginia. After graduating in 1990, he worked his first harvest at Montdomaine, now the site of Michael Shaps Wineworks. In 1997, Michael joined the winemaking team at Horton Vineyards where he spent many years dedicated to showcasing Virginia wines, and in the spring of 2019 he joined the team at Michael Shaps Wineworks.

When not crafting wine, he enjoys exploring the mountains, woods and streams of Central Virginia and beyond with his wife and two children.

Our inhouse winemaker-Shane McManigle