[ess·eff] wines

Hand-crafted, small batch wines that capture the spirit of San Francisco and its surrounding wine regions.

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Our story in a few words...

[ess·eff] wines is a San Francisco-based producer of Sonoma, Mendocino, and Amador County sourced varietals using a distinct winemaking style that delivers food-friendly, approachable wines that also age well. Since 2012, we've been handcrafting wines that are truly [ess·eff] wines, dedicated to the spirit of San Francisco.

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Located in San Francisco, CA

Founded in:

Owned by:
Jeremy Barry, Chip O'Connell, Ethan Smith & Tom Witczak

Winemaking by:
Tom Leaf

Case produced per year:

Our story in a few more words

the story

In 2012, four friends decided to explore the world of winemaking after living in the city. What started off as a side hobby quickly turned into a passion project in winemaking and a future business venture.
What to call it? Something fun, something catchy, something memorable but tying to our now established roots yet still paying homage to the history of the city and wine region. [ess·eff] wines came to be, a phonetic play on the abbreviation of S.F., representing the past and future of this great city, harkening back to the first time we crossed the Golden Gate to the Sonoma County wine region.

The Team at [ess·eff] wines

our vision

We got into the business to produce approachable, food-friendly wines that can also age well. It's a fine balance, and balance is what we seek. This comes down to the fruit we source, how we handle it, the sugar, the acid, the alcohol, how we age the wine, and finally blending and bottling.
All this comes together to form a portfolio of wines we are proud of while respecting their origins from the vineyards of Sonoma County to your glass somewhere in San Francisco or beyond.
Jeremy Barry, Chip O'Connell,
Ethan Smith & Tom Witczak
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