graduation First Generation Winemaker

First-generation winemakers are innovative, passionate people who broke the status quo to make wine. Oftentimes, these individuals spend years studying, either at intensive programs such as UC Davis, or apprentice under the guidance of top winemakers currently in the industry. 

First-generation winemakers often hold interesting views on wine, picking what traditions to hold onto and where to challenge existing practices. Discover first-generation winemakers below!
R Five Wines
Salomon Vineyard Viognier, 2017

Condrieu-style Viognier · Floral, Fresh, and Saline · Rare wine (120 cases produced) · Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California

Almost Sold Out
McKahn Family Cellars
Morning Glass Red Blend, 2019

Red Blend · Earthy · Sonoma County, California

Winery Favorite
Peter Paul Wines
Peter Paul Sonoma Coast Chardonnay Chardonnay, 2020

California Chardonnay · Complex, Balanced, Fresh, Fruity, and Oaky · Limited wine (316 cases produced) · Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California

Other
Seis Soles Wine Co.
Lodi Rosé, 2020

Rosé · Fruity, Fresh, Sweet, Balanced, and Floral · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · Lodi, California

Hand-harvested
Seis Soles Wine Co.
Acquiesce Vineyard Lodi White, 2020

Uncommon White · Balanced, Fresh, and Fruity · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · Lodi, California

Hand-harvested
Seis Soles Wine Co.
Farrah Lodi Red, 2018

California Syrah · Complex, Balanced, and Smoky · Limited wine (300 cases produced) · Lodi, California

Barrel-aged
Seis Soles Wine Co.
Lodi Gran Reserva, 2018

Bordeaux-style Red Blend · Bold, Complex, Earthy, and Oaky · Rare wine (70 cases produced) · Lodi, California

Other
J. Cage Cellars
Tzabaco Rancho Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc, 2020

Calfornia Sauvignon Blanc · Balanced, Floral, Mineral, and Porch Pounder · Rare wine (125 cases produced) · Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California

Other
J. Cage Cellars
Cuvée 42 Pinot Noir, 2019

California-style Pinot Noir · Balanced, Bold, and Spicy · Limited wine (700 cases produced) · Sonoma County, California

Barrel-aged
J. Cage Cellars
El Coro Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2018

California-style Pinot Noir · Spicy, Bold, Fruity, and Balanced · Rare wine (125 cases produced) · Petaluma Gap, Sonoma, California

Barrel-aged
J. Cage Cellars
Wedding Block Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2018

California Pinot Noir · Balanced, Complex, and Fruity · Rare wine (125 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Barrel-aged
J. Cage Cellars
Hallberg Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2018

California-style Pinot Noir · Balanced, Complex, and Savory · Rare wine (125 cases produced) · Green Valley of Russian River, Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Barrel-aged
Byron Blatty
Lobo Vineyard Proprietary Red, 2017

California Cabernet Sauvignon · Bold and Complex · Super rare wine (25 cases produced) · Los Angeles County

Organic Farming
Byron Blatty
Aurora Los Angeles White, 2020

White Blend · Complex, Fresh, Mineral, Subtle, and Saline · Rare wine (51 cases produced) · Los Angeles County

Organic Farming
Byron Blatty
Swayze, Alonso, Smith Tremor, 2018

GSM Blend · Bold, Fruity, Complex, Fresh, and Balanced · Rare wine (97 cases produced) · Los Angeles County

Organic Farming
Byron Blatty
Los Angeles County Rosé, 2020

Provence-style Rosé · Fresh, Mineral, Fruity, and Floral · Rare wine (75 cases produced) · Los Angeles County

Organic Farming
Byron Blatty
Los Angeles County Evident, 2018

California Syrah · Bold, Spicy, Complex, Fruity, and Oaky · Rare wine (60 cases produced) · Los Angeles County

Organic Farming
Byron Blatty
Los Angeles County Undertake, 2018

California-style Zinfandel · Bold, Fruity, Complex, and Balanced · Rare wine (110 cases produced) · Los Angeles County

Organic Farming
Llamas Family Wines
Atlas Peak Cabernet Sauvignon, 2014

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon · Bold and Complex · Limited wine (300 cases produced) · Atlas Peak, Napa Valley, California

Soil That Matters
Lost Toy Cellars
Stags Leap District Cabernet Sauvignon 100% Single Vineyard, 2016

Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon · Balanced, Bold, Fruity, and Mineral · Limited wine (350 cases produced) · Stags Leap District, Napa Valley, California

Almost Sold Out
Lost Toy Cellars
Coombsville Sauvignon Blanc 100% Single Vineyard, 2020

California Sauvignon Blanc · Fresh, Fruity, Mineral, Porch Pounder, and Complex · Limited wine (350 cases produced) · Coombsville, Napa Valley, California

Noteworthy Topography
Llamas Family Wines
Carneros Chardonnay, 2016

Chardonnay · Fruity and Herbaceous · Limited wine (275 cases produced) · Carneros, California

Other
Lepe Cellars
Chardonnay, 2017

Chardonnay · Balanced, Fruity, Fresh, Natural, and Nutty · Rare wine (90 cases produced) · Carmel Valley, Monterey, California

Winery Favorite
Lepe Cellars
Petit Verdot, 2019

Other Red · Bold, Balanced, Complex, Earthy, and Spicy · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · San Antonio Valley, Monterey, California

Rare Varietal
Teutonic Wine Company
Grüner Veltliner, 2020

Grüner Veltliner · Fresh and Balanced · Columbia Gorge, Columbia Valley, Oregon

Rare Varietal
Teutonic Wine Company
Seafoam Rosé Pinot Noir, 2020

Rosé · Fresh and Saline · Columbia Gorge, Columbia Valley, Oregon

Winery Favorite
Teutonic Wine Company
Willamette Valley Pinot Noir, 2019

Pinot Noir · Fresh and Fruity · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Winery Favorite
Teutonic Wine Company
Boyar Wedding Feast, 2017

Merlot · Bold, Complex, and Balanced · Rogue Valley, Southern Oregon, Oregon

Uncommon Region
Teutonic Wine Company
Willamette Valley Bergspitze, 2019

Pinot Noir · Mineral and Fruity · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Noteworthy Topography
Lepe Cellars
Syrah, 2019

California Syrah · Balanced, Earthy, Spicy, Savory, and Fresh · Rare wine (75 cases produced) · Monterey, Monterey, California

Hand-harvested
Stedt Wines
"Or Rose" Sparkling Gamay Noir Sparkling Brut Rose, 2017

Mèthode Champenoise Sparkling · Earthy, Complex, Mineral, Savory, and Floral · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Rare Varietal
Stedt Wines
Intent Chardonnay, 2018

Chardonnay · Complex and Fruity · Rare wine (135 cases produced) · Chehalem Mountains, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Barrel-aged
Stedt Wines
Impulse Gamay Noir, 2019

Uncommon Red · Earthy, Fruity, Savory, Spicy, and Fresh · Rare wine (90 cases produced) · Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Winery Favorite
Satyr Fire
Poppyfield Gewürztraminer, 2020

Gewürztraminer · Complex, Floral, Fresh, Herbaceous, and Spicy · Super rare wine (25 cases produced) · Columbia Gorge, Columbia Valley, Oregon

Hand-harvested
Merisi Wines
Los Carneros Pinot Gris, 2020

Pinot Gris · Fresh, Mineral, Saline, and Fruity · Limited wine (200 cases produced) · Los Carneros, Napa Valley, California

Award Winner
Merisi Wines
Diener Ranch Petite Sirah, 2017

California Petite Sirah · Balanced and Complex · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · Lake, California

DTC Only
Lepe Cellars
Pinot Noir, 2020

California Pinot Noir · Floral, Fruity, Spicy, Balanced, and Fresh · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Santa Lucia Highlands, Monterey, California

Winery Favorite
Backstay Wine Co.
Willamette Valley Pinot Gris, 2017

Pinot Gris · Complex, Fresh, and Porch Pounder · Limited wine (200 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Morning Harvest
Backstay Wine Co.
Willamette Valley White Blend, 2017

White Blend · Balanced · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Morning Harvest
Backstay Wine Co.
Rosé Pinot Noir & Pinot Gris, 2017

California Rosé · Fresh and Balanced · Rare wine (85 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Morning Harvest
Backstay Wine Co.
Hunters Reserve Pinot Noir, 2015

Pinot Noir · Fruity, Balanced, and Natural · Rare wine (125 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Morning Harvest
Kivelstadt Cellars
Family Secret Sauvignon Blanc, 2020

Sauvignon Blanc · Fresh, Floral, and Balanced · Limited wine (247 cases produced) · Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California

Winery Favorite
Kivelstadt Cellars
Twice Removed Rosé Carignane and Grenache, 2019

Rosé · Fresh, Mineral, and Porch Pounder · Limited wine (240 cases produced) · Mendocino, California

Organic Farming
Kivelstadt Cellars
Fathers Watch GSC Blend Grenache, Syrah, & Carignane, 2018

Southern Rhone-style Red · Earthy, Balanced, and Fruity · Limited wine (950 cases produced) · Mendocino, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Kivelstadt Cellars
Mendocino KC Labs Syrah, 2020

Syrah · Carbonic, Fruity, and Funky · Limited wine (217 cases produced) · Mendocino, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Kivelstadt Cellars
Sibling Rivalry Pinot Noir, 2017

Pinot Noir · Earthy · Rare wine (75 cases produced) · Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California

Almost Sold Out
Kivelstadt Cellars
Old Wyves Tale Carignane, 2018

Southern Rhone-style Red · Earthy · Limited wine (233 cases produced) · Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Kivelstadt Cellars
The Inheritance Syrah, 2015

Syrah · Bold and Mineral · Limited wine (274 cases produced) · Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California

A Place In History
Stedt Wines
Embody Pinot Gris, 2018

Pinot Gris · Complex, Fruity, and Balanced · Rare wine (140 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Old Vines
Stedt Wines
ArrowMATIC Gewürztraminer Dry, 2018

Gewürztraminer · Floral, Complex, and Subtle · Rare wine (60 cases produced) · Columbia Gorge, Columbia Valley, Oregon

Winery Favorite
Adelaide Thomas Wines
Rosé Pinot Noir, 2020

California Rosé · Fresh, Floral, and Balanced · Rare wine (96 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Organic Farming
Adelaide Thomas Wines
Sauvignon Blanc, 2020

Sauvignon Blanc · Balanced, Fresh, and Mineral · Rare wine (54 cases produced) · Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California

Biodynamic Farming
Drum Roll Wine
The Starry White Sparkling Pinot Noir, 2017

Champagne-style Sparkling · Fresh, Fruity, and Mineral · Super rare wine (38 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Interesting Winemaking ...
Drum Roll Wine
Chardonnay Monet, 2017

Chardonnay · Fresh, Balanced, and Fruity · Rare wine (181 cases produced) · Columbia Valley, Oregon

Award Winner
Drum Roll Wine
Pinot Noir Renoir, 2018

Pinot Noir · Balanced, Fresh, Fruity, and Subtle · Rare wine (113 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Sustainable Farming
Drum Roll Wine
Columbia Valley Syrah Seurat, 2018

Syrah · Balanced, Fruity, and Subtle · Limited wine (220 cases produced) · Columbia Valley, Oregon

Other
Drum Roll Wine
Cabernet Sauvignon Manet, 2017

Cabernet Sauvignon · Balanced and Smoky · Limited wine (200 cases produced) · Columbia Valley, Oregon

Barrel-aged
Drum Roll Wine
Drum Roll White, 2020

White Blend · Fresh, Fruity, and Sweet · Limited wine (336 cases produced) · Columbia Valley, Oregon

Rare Varietal
Drum Roll Wine
Columbia Valley Drum Roll Red, 2019

Uncommon Red · Balanced, Fresh, and Funky · Limited wine (220 cases produced) · Columbia Valley, Oregon

Rare Varietal
Silas Wines
PDX Pinot Noir, 2015

Pinot Noir · Balanced, Complex, and Fruity · Limited wine (500 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Winery Favorite
Silas Wines
Ladd's Addition Pinot Noir, 2015

Burgundy-style Pinot Noir · Earthy, Fruity, and Complex · Limited wine (311 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Interesting Winemaking ...
Silas Wines
The Pearl Pinot Noir, 2014

Pinot Noir · Spicy, Bold, and Funky · Limited wine (273 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Winery Favorite
Silas Wines
Bramble Rosé Pinot Noir, 2016

Rosé · Complex and Balanced · Rare wine (105 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Almost Sold Out
Silas Wines
The Optimist Malbec/Viognier, 2015

Malbec · Floral and Bold · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · Oregon

Interesting Winemaking ...
J. Cage Cellars
La Cruz Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 2020

Burgundy-style Chardonnay · Balanced, Complex, and Mineral · Rare wine (125 cases produced) · Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California

Organic Farming
J. Cage Cellars
van der Kamp Sonoma Mountain Pinot Noir, 2018

Burgundy-style Pinot Noir · Balanced and Complex · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · Sonoma Mountain, Sonoma, California

Biodynamic Farming
Two Shepherds
Carignan old vine, 2018

Southern Rhone-style Red · Earthy, Balanced, Fresh, Natural, and Bold · Limited wine (525 cases produced) · Mendocino County, California

Hand-harvested
McKahn Family Cellars
Contra Costa Carignane, 2019

Other Red · Earthy and Spicy · Rare wine (95 cases produced) · Contra Costa, California

Old Vines
McKahn Family Cellars
Livermore Valley Petite Sirah, 2018

Other Red · Earthy and Spicy · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay, California

Winery Favorite
Drive Wines
Sonoma Coast Syrah, 2019

California Syrah · Balanced and Fruity · Rare wine (199 cases produced) · Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California

Organic Farming
Two Shepherds
Grenache Blanc, 2017

Rhône-style White Wine · Natural, Complex, Mineral, Saline, and Savory · Rare wine (148 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Hand-harvested
Two Shepherds
Knights Family Vineyard Syrah, 2018

Northern Rhone-style Red · Earthy, Fresh, Herbaceous, and Savory · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Sonoma, California

Hand-harvested
River Lane Vineyard
TimeFrame Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017

California Cabernet Sauvignon · Bold and Balanced · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California

DTC Only
Merisi Wines
Manic White Pinot Gris Sour, 2020 (375 ml)

Other White · Funky, Saline, and Savory · Super rare wine (20 cases produced) · Los Carneros, Napa Valley, California

Other
Maison Areion
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2016

Cabernet Sauvignon · Earthy, Mineral, and Herbaceous · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Santa Cruz Mountains, San Mateo, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Maison Areion
Chardonnay, 2018

Chablis-style Chardonnay · Floral and Mineral · Rare wine (98 cases produced) · Santa Cruz Mountains, San Mateo, California

Barrel-aged
Maison Areion
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2017

Bordeaux-style Red Blend · Fresh and Subtle · Rare wine (120 cases produced) · Santa Cruz Mountains, San Mateo, California

Award Winner
Two Shepherds
Pinot Meunier, 2019

Uncommon Red · Earthy, Balanced, Complex, Natural, and Subtle · Limited wine (225 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Hand-harvested
Maison Areion
Pinot Noir, 2018

Burgundy-style Pinot Noir · Fruity, Oaky, and Subtle · Rare wine (72 cases produced) · Santa Cruz Mountains, San Mateo, California

Unique Climate
Topophilia Wine Company
Placida Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2019

California Pinot Noir · Balanced, Earthy, and Fruity · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Organic Farming
Topophilia Wine Company
Valerie's Vineyard Pinot Noir, 2019

California Pinot Noir · Bold, Balanced, and Fruity · Rare wine (62 cases produced) · Carneros, California

DTC Only
Topophilia Wine Company
Carneros Pinot Noir Carneros, 2019

Burgundy-style Pinot Noir · Balanced, Earthy, and Fruity · Rare wine (137 cases produced) · Carneros, California

Organic Farming
McKahn Family Cellars
Ruinquist Vineyard Grenache, 2019

Grenache · Fruity · Limited wine (450 cases produced) · Shenandoah Valley Of California, California

Soil That Matters
Human Cellars
Eola-Amity Hills Gamay, 2020

Uncommon Red · Complex, Earthy, and Spicy · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Almost Sold Out
Merisi Wines
Grenache Single Vineyard, 2018

Grenache · Balanced · Limited wine (200 cases produced) · Los Carneros, Napa Valley, California

Morning Harvest
Lepe Cellars
San Antonio Valley Zinfandel, 2020

California Zinfandel · Floral, Fruity, Earthy, Spicy, and Balanced · Super rare wine (29 cases produced) · San Antonio Valley, Monterey, California

Hand-harvested
McKahn Family Cellars
Rosé Grenache, 2021

Provence-style Rosé · Fruity, Balanced, and Porch Pounder · Shenandoah Valley Of California, California

Winery Favorite
Solorio Family Wines
Contra Costa Syrah, 2019

Syrah · Fruity, Spicy, Woody, Balanced, and Oaky · Contra Costa, California

Barrel-aged
Solorio Family Wines
Contra Costa Chardonnay, 2019

Chardonnay · Fresh, Earthy, Fruity, Balanced, and Savory · Contra Costa, California

Uncommon Region
Surcos Wines
Rancho Dos Lagos Sauvignon Blanc, 2020

Sauvignon Blanc · Porch Pounder, Fresh, and Balanced · Rare wine (140 cases produced) · Lake, California

Award Winner
Surcos Wines
Los Carneros Rosé Pinot Noir, 2020

Rosé · Fruity, Fresh, and Balanced · Rare wine (140 cases produced) · Los Carneros, Napa Valley, California

Award Winner
Surcos Wines
Los Carneros Pinot Noir, 2019

Pinot Noir · Balanced, Herbaceous, and Fruity · Rare wine (88 cases produced) · Los Carneros, Napa Valley, California

Almost Sold Out
Surcos Wines
Los Carneros Tempranillo, 2019

Tempranillo · Balanced, Floral, and Fruity · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Los Carneros, Napa Valley, California

Barrel-aged
Surcos Wines
Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019

Cabernet Sauvignon · Balanced, Complex, and Bold · Rare wine (52 cases produced) · Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley, Napa, California

Barrel-aged
Drive Wines
Russian River Valley Rosé Pinot Noir, 2021

Provence-style Rosé · Fresh, Mineral, Fruity, and Balanced · Rare wine (120 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Winery Favorite
Drive Wines
Dry Creek Valley Zinfandel, 2019

Zinfandel · Bold, Complex, Balanced, Fruity, and Fresh · Rare wine (111 cases produced) · Dry Creek Valley, Sonoma, California

Old Vines
Fresh Wine Co.
Sparkling Primitivo Pet-Nat, 2020

Sparkling · Sweet and Fresh · Rare wine (56 cases produced) · Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California

Sustainable Farming
Fresh Wine Co.
Fire Fuego Sauvignon Blanc, 2021

Orange · Carbonic, Fresh, and Fruity · Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California

Sustainable Farming
Fresh Wine Co.
Sonoma Valley Rosé Primitivo, 2021

Rosé · Fresh, Mineral, and Porch Pounder · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California

Sustainable Farming
Maison Areion
Chardonnay, 2019

Chablis-style Chardonnay · Fresh, Fruity, and Natural · Rare wine (120 cases produced) · Santa Cruz Mountains, San Mateo, California

Interesting Winemaking ...

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