I grew up on a farm in Washington state. That’s where I learned about growing fruit. I loved it, but Dad encouraged me to go on to college where I became an Engineer. I worked for Shell Oil Co. for four years but the entrepreneurial bug that bit my dad also got me and I soon started an energy company during which time I traveled the globe.
The world’s greatest restaurants and wineries became my classroom for learning about the most interesting and alluring fruit of all – the wine grape. The farming gene was still strong and the more I learned the more certain I became that I needed my own vineyards. And so the search began. I visited all the greatest wine growing regions, here and abroad, to find that special site where I could pursue the dream of wine growing. It was this mountainside in Sonoma that captured my heart. It’s here, in these vineyards that I can engage in the process, gain knowledge and pursue perfection. I continue this research with regular trips to the finest growing regions in the world – because for me, learning what it takes to make stellar wine, and sharing the results is the true path to good life.