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 …

OLD WORLD WINERY

  OLD WORLD WINERY 850 River Rd. Fulton CA 95439 (707) 490-6696 oldworldwinery.com PEOPLE Giuseppe Martinelli emigrated from Lucca to the Italian enclave of northern California in the late 1800s where he followed in the footsteps of many immigrants of the time by planting grapes. Fastrack 100 years and those same vines are being tended …

SOLMINER

Above: A view of the original Syrah vineyard as seen from David and Anna’s front porch. They started farming organically there in 2012 and are currently working toward biodynamic certification.   SOLMINER (SNAIL) PO Box 935 Los Olivos CA 93441 (805) 691-9195 solminer.com For the deLaski family and the small farm where they live with …

VESPER VINEYARDS

    VESPER VINEYARDS 298 Enterprise St. Escondido CA 92029 (760) 749-1300 vespervineyards.com PEOPLE Grower and winemaker Chris Broomell’s family has been farming in the San Pasqual Valley AVA (San Diego County) for five generations. But it wasn’t until after World War II that they turned to fine wine grape growing when an Australian relative …

BEDROCK WINE CO.

BEDROCK WINE CO. (SNAIL) 21481 8th St. East Sonoma CA 95476 (707) 343-1478 bedrockwineco.com Bedrock Wine Co. is the apotheosis of the current California wine revolution. Its work with Zinfandel and other heritage grapes from California has shown the world that these grapes can produce compelling, world-class wines with immense appeal for the contemporary palate. …