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Alumni Wineries

UC Berkeley alumni are making their mark on the winemaking business in Napa Valley, Sonoma, and beyond. Here’s a list of wineries and vineyards founded, operated, owned, or managed by UC Berkeley alumni.

Natalie and Shaina, co-founders of Gaderian Wines

UC Berkeley Alumni Wineries

UC Berkeley Alumni Wineries

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Ancient Oak Cellars
J. Suzanne Siebert ‘64, Founder

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Acorn Winery

Bill Nachbaur ’66, J.D. ’69, Founder

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Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards

Richard Sanford ’65, Founder
Debra Eagle MBA ’86, General Manager


Amsler Hills Winery
Kevin Lang ’85, Vintner, Viticulturist, & Winery Business Manager


Andis Wine
Mark McKenna ’97, Winemaker & General Manager

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Angels & Cowboys
Yoav Gilat BCEMBA ’06, Founder & CEO

Anthem Winery and Vineyards
Julie Arbuckle ‘94 & Justin Arbuckle ‘95, Founders

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Arns Winery
John Arns ’70, Owner

The Authentic Irpinia
Sarah Pompei ’03, Partner

Benzinger Family Winery
Jessica A. Labounty (Haas ‘18), Senior Director of Marketing

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Bin to Bottle Winery
Michael McLoughlin ’85, Partner

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Boisset Collection
Lisa Heisinger MBA ’07, Chief Operating Officer

Bouchaine Vineyards
Tatiana Copeland, MBA ‘66, Co-owner & Cofounder

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Briceland Vineyards Winery

Joseph Collins ’68, Winemaker & Co-owner

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Brown Estate
C. Deneen Brown ’90, Co-owner & President
Coral Brown ’89, Co-owner  & Director of Winemaking (House of Brown)
Stefanie Kelly ’97, General Manager

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Bruliam Wines

Brain Overstreet ’08, Owner

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Cakebread Cellars

Dennis Cakebread ’71, Co-owner & Chairman of the Board

Castello di Amorosa & V. Sattui Logo
Castello di Amorosa & V. Sattui

Dario Sattui, MBA ’69, Founder & Co-owner


charles spinetta winery logoCharles Spinetta Winery
Charles Spinetta ’63, Owner

Chatom Vineyards
Gay Callan ‘71, Owner

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Cliff Lede Vineyards
Anthony Baldini ’96, President

Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden
Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden
Barbara Steel ’84, Owner

CoZi Wines
Cory Darnell ‘06, Founder

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Crocker Starr and Winery
Charles Crocker MBA ’67, Co-owner

Cruse Wines
Michael Cruse ‘02, Owner & Winemaker


Cypher Winery
Susan A. Mahler ‘92, MS ‘oo, Proprietor & Winemaker

Darioush Winery
Dan dePolo ‘90, President

The Dalya Estate and Vineyard
Dayla Sachs ‘91, PHD 2000, Owner

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Dehlinger Winery

Thomas Dehlinger ’69, Owner

Desforges Wine
Peter Desforges ’83, Founder & Owner

Domaine Chandon
Thomas Tiburzi ‘78, Winemaker

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Duckhorn Vineyards
Dan Duckhorn ’60, MBA ’62, Co-founder

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Giorgio Tavecchio ’11, Co-Founder

Eric Kent Wine Cellars
Eric Kent ’91, Winemaker & Co-founder

Et Cetera Via Pacifica
Et Cetera Via Pacifica

David Duckhorn MBA ’96, Co-founder

Feist Wines
Susan Feist (Parent of Alum)

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Fenestra Winery
Lanny Replogle ’56, President & Owner

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Gaderian Wines

Natalie Coughlin ’05, Co-founder

Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Jim Bundschu ‘66, Owner

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Hafner Vineyard

Dick Hafner ’50, Founding Co-partner

Halleck Vineyards
Harris Miner ‘20, Director of Sales

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Hall Wines
Kathryn Hall ’68, BCEMBA ’07, Owner
Michael Reynolds MBA ’98, President

Hemly Cider
Sarah Wallace ‘01, Founder

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The Hess Collection
Matt Wood EMBA ’16, VP of Operations

UC Berkeley Alumni Wineries

June Mountain Vineyard logo
June Mountain Vineyard

Michael Bloch MBA ‘90, Founder & Co-owner

Kendric Vineyards
Stewart Johnson ‘88, Winemaker

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Kitson Wines

Brad Kitson ‘80, Co-Founder & Owner


Knoll Vineyards
Leslie Beckley ‘76, Owner & Winemaker


Land of Promise Wine
Charles Karren ‘90, Founder

Letterhead Wines
J. Suzanne Siebert ‘64, Founder

Longfellow Wines
Mark Smith ‘96, Founder & Owner

Long Meadow Ranch
Justin Carr ‘97, Winemaker

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Merry Edwards

Merry Edwards ’70, Founder & Owner

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Mikami Vineyards

Jason Mikami ‘92, Founder

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Mount Eden Vineyards

Frank Patterson ’75, President & Co-owner
Eleanor Patterson ’76, Co-owner


Mystery Tour
Pat Lee ’90, Founder

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Nalle Winery

Lee Nalle ’71, Owner

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Navarro Vineyards & Winery

Ted Bennett ’60 & Deborah Cahn ’72, Co-owners

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Niner Wine Estates
Andrew Niner, MBA ’07, President


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Okapi Wine

Dan Johnson ’70, Co-founder & Owner

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One Hope Wine
Jake Kloberdanz ’05, Founder & CEO

Orr Wines
Erica Orr ’96, Vinter

Parkmon Vineyards Logo

Parkmon Vineyards
Dave Parker MBA ’91, Owner

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Peay Vineyards

Andy Peay MBA ’98, Owner

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Pride Mountain Vineyards

Suzanne Pride ’81, Owner

Prothro Family Wines
Bruce Prothro ’84, Co-Owner

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R&B Cellars

Barbara Brown ’71, Owner

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Raymond Burr Vineyards

Robert Benevides ’55, President

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Ridge Vineyards Inc.
Mark Vernon ’81, Owner

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Ritchie Creek Vineyard

Robin Wilkins ‘75, Founder

Robleon Wines
Robin Wilkins ‘75, Founder

Sandar & Hem Wines
Recha Bergstorm ‘93, Co-Founder

Smith-Madrone Vineyards
Smith-Madrone Vineyards

Stuart Smith ’70, Co-owner & Managing Partner

Spottswoode Estate
Spottswoode Estate

Lindy Novak ’79, Owner

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St. Helena Winery

Lesley Russell MBA ’02, Winery General Manager

Starlite Vineyards
Arman Pahlavan ‘86, Proprietor

Tally Vineyards
Rosemary Talley ’62 & Brain Talley ’88, Co-owner & Co-founder

Taft Street Winery
Taft Street Winery

Michael Tierney PHS ’80, Co-owner

Tercero Wines
Larry Schaffer MBA ’82, Owner

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Titus Vineyards

Eric Titus ’83, BECMBA ’08, General Manager & Vineyard Operations Manager

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Tolosa Winery

Bob Schiebelhut ’89, J.D. ’72, Partner & Owner

Trefethen Family Vineyards
Deborah Baldini, EWMBA ’99

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Trione Vineyards and Winery

Victor Trione, MBA ’70, Co-owner

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Urban Legend Cellars

Marilee Shaffer, EWMBA ’94, Winemaker & Owner

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Villa Ragazzi

Michaela Rodeno, EWMBA ’80, Co-owner & Manager

Wente Vineyards
Camden Hubbard ‘66, Family Member to Founders

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Wentzel Vineyards

Roland Wentzel, Ph.D. ’75, Owner

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Wattle Creek Winery

Katie Carter ’04, Winemaker

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Yamhill Valley Vineyards

Denis Burger ’65, President

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32 Winds Wine

Ed Mascarin ’59, Founder

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Join The Graduate Wine Collective, the Cal Alumni Association’s alumni wine club, and discover premier wines crafted by Berkeley alums.

Dan Johnson, co-founder and owner of Okapi Wine

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