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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

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, and Winery Business Manager

 

 

Andis Wine
Mark McKenna ’97
Winemaker and General Manager

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Angels & Cowboys

Yoav Gilat BCEMBA ’06
Founder and 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

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

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

Bin to Bottle Winery Logo
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 and Cofounder

Briceland Vineyards Winery Logo
Briceland Vineyards Winery

Joseph Collins ’68
Winemaker and Co-owner

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Brown Estates

C. Deneen Brown ’90
President

Coral Brown ’89
House of Brown Director of Winemaking

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 and Chairman of the Board

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

Dario Sattui, MBA ’69
Founder and Co-owner

Charles Spinetta Winery Logo
Charles Spinetta Winery

Charles Spinetta ’63
Owner

Chatom Vineyards
Gay Callan ‘71
Owner

Cliff Lede Vineyards Logo
Cliff Lede Vineyards

Anthony Baldini ’96
President

Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden Logo
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 and Winemaker

Darioush Winery
Dan dePolo ‘90
President

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

Dehlinger Winery Logo
Dehlinger Winery

Thomas Dehlinger ’69
Owner

Desforges Wine Logo
Desforges Wine

Peter Desforges ’83
Founder and Owner

Domaine Chandon
Thomas Tiburzi ‘78
Winemaker

Duckhorn Vineyards Logo
Duckhorn Vineyards

Dan Duckhorn ’60, MBA ’62
Co-founder

ElevenTwelve
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)

Fenestra Winery Logo
Fenestra Winery

Lanny Replogle ’56
President and 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

UC Berkeley Alumni Wineries

Hess Collection Winery Group
Hess Collection Winery Group
Matt Wood EMBA ’16
VP of Operations

June Mountain Vineyard
Michael Bloch MBA ‘90
Founder and Co-owner

Kendric Vineyards
Stewart Johnson ‘88
Winemaker

Kitson Wines
Charles Karren ‘90
Founder

Land of Promise Wine
Rachel Stern (Haas ‘22)
Founder

Letterhead Wines
J. Suzanne Siebert ‘64
Founder

Longfellow Wines
Mark Smith ‘96
Founder and Owner

Long Meadow Ranch
Justin Carr ‘97
Winemaker

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Merry Edwards

Merry Edwards ’70
Founder and Owner

Mikami Vineyards
Jason Mikami ‘92
Founder

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Mount Eden Vineyards

Frank Patterson ’75
President and Co-owner

Eleanor Patterson ’76
Co-owner

 

Mystery Tour
Pat Lee ’90
Founder

Nalle Winery Logo
Nalle Winery

Lee Nalle ’71
Owner

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Navarro Vineyards & Winery

Ted Bennett ’60 and Deborah Cahn ’72
Co-owners

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Niner Wine Estates

Andrew Niner, MBA ’07
President

 

 

Okapi Wine
Dan Johnson ’70
Co-founder and Owner

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One Hope Wine

Jake Kloberdanz ’05
Founder and CEO

Orr Wines
Erica Orr ’96
Vinter

Parkmon Vineyards Logo
Parkmon Vineyards

Dave Parker MBA ’91
Owner

Peay Vineyards Logo
Peay Vineyards

Andy Peay MBA ’98
Owner

Pride Mountain Vineyards Logo
Pride Mountain Vineyards

Suzanne Pride ’81
Owner

Prothro Family Wines
Bruce Prothro ’84
Co-Owner

R&B Cellars Logo
R&B Cellars

Barbara Brown ’71
Owner

Raymond Burr Vineyards Logo
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

Smith-Madrone Vineyards
Smith-Madrone Vineyards

Stuart Smith ’70
Co-owner and 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 and Brain Talley ’88
Co-owner and 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 and Vineyard Operations Manager

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Tolosa Winery

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

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Villa Ragazzi

Michaela Rodeno, EWMBA ’80
Co-owner and Manager

Wente Vineyards
Camden Hubbard ‘66
Family Member to Founders

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Wentzel Vineyards

Roland Wentzel, Ph.D. ’75
Owner

Wattle Creek Winery Logo
Wattle Creek Winery

Katie Carter ’04
Winemaker

Yamhill Valley Vineyards Logo
Yamhill Valley Vineyards

Denis Burger ’65
President

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32 Winds Wine

Ed Mascarin ’59
Founder

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