LA CLARINE FARM

LA CLARINE FARM (SNAIL) 7721 Snowbird Ln. Somerset CA 95684 (530) 306-3608 laclarinefarm.com Perhaps more than any other California grape grower and winemaker, La Clarine Farm has been able to balance the fine line between minimalist intervention in winemaking and the compelling quality of the wine it produces. PEOPLE Since 2001, Hank Beckmeyer and Caroline …

LICHEN ESTATE

LICHEN ESTATE 11001 County Rd. 151 Boonville CA 95415 (707) 895-7949 lichenestate.com PEOPLE With one winery and an organic foods business under his belt, owner Douglas Stewart launched Lichen after reacquiring the site of his previous winery (the acclaimed Breggo), this time abandoning the négociant model and growing his own grapes. VINEYARDS Stuart planted the …

LAUREL GLEN VINEYARD

LAUREL GLEN VINEYARD 969 Carquinez Ave. Glen Ellen CA 95442 (707) 933-9877 laurelglen.com PEOPLE Upon graduating divinity school in the 1970’s, Patrick Campbell made his way out west to join the Sonoma Mountain Zen Center. The Buddhist monastery assigned him a small plot of vines to tend, a task in which he flourished, eventually moving …

AMBYTH ESTATE

  AMBYTH ESTATE 510 Sequoia Ln. Templeton CA 93465 (805) 319-6967 ambythestate.com PEOPLE Phillip and Mary Hart came to Paso Robles with the intention to retire, but have since ended up launching a full-blown farming operation. They’ve kept the staff intentionally small, recently welcoming the Hart’s oldest son Gelert and his wife Robyn to the …

VOLKER EISELE FAMILY ESTATE

  VOLKER EISELE FAMILY ESTATE (SNAIL) 3080 Lower Chiles Valley Rd. St. Helena CA 94574 (707) 965-9485 volkereiselefamilyestate.com The Volker Eisele Family Estate is one of the rare family-run small-scale estates in Napa where organic farming practices have always been practiced. Now managed by its second generation, it produces some of the most stunning Cabernet …

CLOS SARON

CLOS SARON 9269 Collin House Road Oregon House CA 95962 (530) 692-1080 clossaron.com PEOPLE Husband-and-wife team Gideon Beinstock and Saron Rice are the owners of Clos Saron. They live among their vineyards in the northern reaches of the Sierra Foothills. VINEYARDS The heart and soul of Clos Saron is its three-acre “Home Vineyard,” which, though …

LIMERICK LANE

  LIMERICK LANE (SNAIL) 1023 Limerick Ln. Healdsburg CA 95448 (707) 433-9211 limericklanewines.com As the current generation of a family steeped in the traditions and history of California viticulture, Jake Bilbro represents both the future and past of California wine. His forward-leaning approach to farming and winemaking has delivered some of the best wine of …

MATTHIASSON

  MATTHIASSON (SNAIL) P.O. Box 10880 Napa CA 94581 (707) 265 9349 matthiasson.com In part because of their advocacy for sustainable growing practices and in part because of the extraordinary wines they produce, Steve and Jill Matthiasson have set a high bar for California wine in the 21st century. PEOPLE Steve and Jill Matthiasson have …

AMPELOS CELLARS

    AMPELOS CELLARS 312 N. 9th St. Lompoc CA 93436 (805) 736-9957 ampeloscellars.net PEOPLE Peter and Rebecca Work purchased their 82-acre estate in the Santa Rita hills of Santa Barbara county in 1999 and in 2001, they decided to devote themselves full-time to grape growing and winemaking. Vineyard manager Jeff Newton consults on growing …

SCRIBE

  SCRIBE (COIN) 2100 Denmark St. Sonoma CA 95476 (707) 939-1858 scribewinery.com PEOPLE The Mariani siblings are fourth-generation California farmers but the first in their family to plant and grow grapes. After dabbling in winemaking during college, brothers Adam and Andrew took off to Europe to pursue independent winery internships — Andrew in Greece and …