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
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
Diener Ranch Petite Sirah, 2017

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

DTC Only
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
Mendocino KC Labs Syrah, 2020

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

Interesting Winemaking ...
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 ...
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
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

Interesting Winemaking ...
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
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
McKahn Family Cellars
Ruinquist Vineyard Grenache, 2019

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

Soil That Matters
Human Cellars
"L'influence Du Bouys" 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

Organic Farming
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
Maison Areion
Chardonnay, 2019

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

Interesting Winemaking ...
Topophilia Wine Company
Sonoma Coast Rosé Pinot Noir, 2021

Provence-style Rosé · Fresh, Porch Pounder, and Balanced · Rare wine (126 cases produced) · Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California

Winery Favorite
McKahn Family Cellars
Los Carneros Syrah, 2019

Syrah · Bold, Complex, and Savory · Rare wine (150 cases produced) · Los Carneros, Napa Valley, California

Winery Favorite
McKahn Family Cellars
Russian River Valley Viognier, 2021

Rhône-style White Wine · Floral, Balanced, and Fruity · Limited wine (250 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Winery Favorite
Gondak Cellars
Grenache Blanc, 2021

Rhône-style White Wine · Balanced · Rare wine (80 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Barrel-aged
Gondak Cellars
Collective Efforts Syrah, 2019

Syrah · Balanced · Rare wine (65 cases produced) · Knights Valley, Sonoma, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Amrita Cellars
Pinot Noir Sonoma Coast, 2017

Pinot Noir · Earthy, Floral, Balanced, Mineral, and Complex · Rare wine (75 cases produced) · Sonoma County, California

Award Winner
Amrita Cellars
Pinot Noir Russian River, 2018

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

Award Winner
Amrita Cellars
SEIZA Viognier/Grenache Blanc Sonoma Coast, 2021

White Blend · Fresh, Balanced, Fruity, and Floral · Super rare wine (3 cases produced) · Sonoma County, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Satyr Fire
Ancient Shores Chardonnay Chardonnay Articulate, 2020

Chardonnay · Complex, Fresh, Mineral, Saline, and Fruity · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Soil That Matters
Wildflower Winery
Sparkling Chardonnay Zee Bubbles, 2021

Pét nat · Balanced · Super rare wine (49 cases produced) · Santa Maria Valley, San Luis Obispo, California

Old Vines
Wildflower Winery
Grenache Wheeze the Juice, 2020

Grenache · Balanced · Rare wine (66 cases produced) · San Luis Obispo, California

Other
Wildflower Winery
Rosé Grenache Rosy Cheeks, 2020

Rosé · Balanced · Rare wine (61 cases produced) · San Luis Obispo, California

Hand-harvested
Wildflower Winery
Syrah Domani, 2020

Syrah · Balanced · Rare wine (60 cases produced) · Santa Ynez Valley, Santa Barbara, California

Barrel-aged
Wildflower Winery
Sparkling Grenache Zee Rosy Bubbles Pétillant Naturel, 2021

Pét nat · Balanced · Super rare wine (20 cases produced) · San Luis Obispo, California

Almost Sold Out
Wildflower Winery
Rosé Grenache Wheeze the Juice, 2021

Rosé · Balanced · Super rare wine (35 cases produced) · San Luis Obispo, California

Other
St. Eva Hill Vineyard
Paso Robles Rosé Zinfandel, 2019

Rosé · Balanced, Fruity, Complex, and Bold · Rare wine (125 cases produced) · Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, California

Award Winner
St. Eva Hill Vineyard
Paso Robles Zinfandel Estate, 2019

Zinfandel · Balanced · Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, California

Barrel-aged
St. Eva Hill Vineyard
Paso Robles Biofusion, 2019

Red Blend · Balanced · Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, California

Barrel-aged
St. Eva Hill Vineyard
Petite Sirah Estate, 2019

California Petite Sirah · Balanced · Paso Robles, San Luis Obispo, California

Barrel-aged
Kivelstadt Cellars
Sibling Rivalry Pinot Noir, 2018

Pinot Noir · Earthy · Limited wine (295 cases produced) · Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California

Other
Kivelstadt Cellars
Twice Removed Rosé Carignane and Grenache, 2021

Rosé · Fresh, Mineral, and Porch Pounder · Limited wine (628 cases produced) · Mendocino, California

Organic Farming
Kivelstadt Cellars
Fathers Watch GSC Blend Grenache, Syrah, & Carignane, 2019

Southern Rhone-style Red · Balanced, Earthy, and Fruity · Limited wine (749 cases produced) · Mendocino, California

Almost Sold Out
Kivelstadt Cellars
Family Secret Sauvignon Blanc, 2021

Sauvignon Blanc · Balanced, Floral, and Fresh · Limited wine (584 cases produced) · Alexander Valley, Sonoma, California

Almost Sold Out
Kivelstadt Cellars
The Inheritance Syrah, 2016

Syrah · Bold and Mineral · Limited wine (212 cases produced) · Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California

Other
Human Cellars
Öde to Rüdi-Zero/Zero Dry Riesling, 2021

Riesling · Fresh, Mineral, Funky, and Floral · Rare wine (75 cases produced) · Eola-Amity Hills, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Biodynamic Farming
Human Cellars
"L'influence Du Bouys" Gamay, 2021

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

Biodynamic Farming
Merisi Wines
Los Carneros Pinot Gris, 2021

Pinot Gris · Fresh, Mineral, and Fruity · Rare wine (100 cases produced) · Los Carneros, Napa Valley, California

Morning Harvest
Social Creatures
Hannah Chenin Blanc, 2021

Chenin Blanc · Fresh, Mineral, and Saline · San Benito, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
Social Creatures
Egon Cabernet Franc, 2021

Cabernet Franc · Balanced, Earthy, and Herbaceous · San Benito, California

Unique Climate
Satyr Fire
Nectar Flow Myriad White, 2021

Alsace-style Riesling · Earthy, Mineral, Fruity, Spicy, and Floral · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Willamette Valley, Oregon

Barrel-aged
Domaine Chardonnay Estate
DeCoupage Estate Chardonnay, 2021

California Chardonnay · Balanced, Complex, and Fresh · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Temecula Valley, South Coast, California

Hand-harvested
Topophilia Wine Company
Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 2021

Chardonnay · Fresh, Fruity, and Complex · Rare wine (120 cases produced) · Sonoma Coast, Sonoma, California

Fresh Wine Co.
Sonoma Valley Primitivo, 2021

Other Red · Fresh, Natural, and Fruity · Rare wine (135 cases produced) · Sonoma Valley, Sonoma, California

Sustainable Farming
Domaine Chardonnay Estate
DeCoupage Estate Rosé Barbera, 2021

Rosé · Bold, Complex, and Mineral · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Temecula Valley, South Coast, California

Hand-harvested
Domaine Chardonnay Estate
DeCoupage Estate Primitivo, 2020

Southern Rhone-style Red · Bold, Balanced, and Mineral · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Temecula Valley, South Coast, California

Hand-harvested
Domaine Chardonnay Estate
DeCoupage Estate GSM, 2019

Southern Rhone-style Red · Bold, Balanced, and Mineral · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Temecula Valley, South Coast, California

Hand-harvested
New arrival
Gondak Cellars
Grenache Noir, 2021

Grenache · Fresh and Porch Pounder · Rare wine (125 cases produced) · Russian River Valley, Sonoma, California

Interesting Winemaking ...
New arrival
Gondak Cellars
Keep It Like A Secret Arneis, 2021

Uncommon White · Floral, Bright, Fresh, and Fruity · Rare wine (50 cases produced) · Potter Valley, Mendocino, California

Rare Varietal
New arrival
Tomi Cellars
Riverbench Vineyard Albariño, 2020

Albariño · Balanced, Complex, and Mineral · Super rare wine (33 cases produced) · Santa Barbara, California

Sustainable Farming
New arrival
Tomi Cellars
Ballard Canyon Rosé Grenache, 2020

California Rosé · Balanced and Subtle · Super rare wine (33 cases produced) · Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley, California

New arrival
Wine Tree Farm & Corinne Wines
Corinne Sparkling Grenache, 2020

Mèthode Champenoise Sparkling · Balanced · Amador, Sierra Foothills, California

New arrival
Wine Tree Farm & Corinne Wines
Corinne Grenache, 2017

Grenache · Balanced · Amador, Sierra Foothills, California

New arrival
Wine Tree Farm & Corinne Wines
Corinne Syrah, 2017

California Syrah · Balanced · Amador, Sierra Foothills, California

New arrival
Wine Tree Farm & Corinne Wines
Corinne Mourvèdre, 2019

Southern Rhone-style Red · Balanced · Amador, Sierra Foothills, California

New arrival
Wine Tree Farm & Corinne Wines
Wine Tree Farm Bypass Red, 2019

GSM Blend · Balanced · Amador, Sierra Foothills, California

New arrival
Wine Tree Farm & Corinne Wines
Wine Tree Farm Marley Rosé, N.V.

Rosé · Balanced · Amador, Sierra Foothills, California

New arrival
Wine Tree Farm & Corinne Wines
Wine Tree Farm SypSyrah - Port-style Dessert Wine Syrah, 2020

Port-style wine · Balanced · Amador, Sierra Foothills, California

New arrival
Wine Tree Farm & Corinne Wines
Wine Tree Farm SyrGreMour – A Syrah based blend, 2019

GSM Blend · Balanced · Amador, Sierra Foothills, California

New arrival
Tomi Cellars
Estelle Vineyard Merlot, 2019

Merlot · Bold and Balanced · Super rare wine (24 cases produced) · Los Olivos District, Santa Ynez Valley, California

New arrival
Tomi Cellars
Persistence of Vision Grenache, 2020

Grenache · Balanced, Complex, and Fruity · Super rare wine (48 cases produced) · Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley, California

New arrival
Tomi Cellars
Ballard Canyon Syrah, 2019

California Syrah · Complex, Bold, and Mineral · Super rare wine (48 cases produced) · Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley, California

New arrival
Aum Cellars
Napa Cabernet Sauvignon, 2019

California Cabernet Sauvignon · Balanced · Napa, California

New arrival
Tomi Cellars
Interlaced Rhone-style blend, N.V.

Southern Rhone-style Red · Complex, Fruity, Smooth, and Vibrant · Super rare wine (23 cases produced) · Ballard Canyon, Santa Ynez Valley, California

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