UC Berkeley 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. Interested in enjoying some of these wines? Join The Graduate Wine Collective, the Cal Alumni Association’s alumni wine club, and discover premier wines crafted by Berkeley alums.

Ancient Oak Cellars
J. Suzanne Siebert ‘64
Co-Founder

image
Acorn Winery
Bill Nachbaur ’66, J.D. ’69
Founder

image
Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards
Richard Sanford ’65
Founder

Debra Eagle MBA ’86
General Manager

Andis Wine
Mark McKenna ’97
Winemaker and General Manager

image
Angels & Cowboys
Yoav Gilat BCEMBA ’06
Founder and CEO

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

image
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)
Founder

Berryessa Gap Vineyards
Corinne Martinez ‘85
Founder

image
Bin to Bottle Winery
Michael McLoughlin ’85
Partner

image
Boisset Collection
Lisa Heisinger MBA ’07
Chief Operating Officer

Bouchaine Vineyards
Tatiana Copeland, MBA ‘66
Co owner and Cofounder

image
Briceland Vineyards Winery
Joseph Collins ’68
Winemaker and Co-owner

image
Brown Estates
C. Deneen Brown ’90
President

Coral Brown ’89
House of Brown Director of Winemaking

Stefanie Kelly ’97
General Manager

image
Bruliam Wines
Brian Overstreet ’08
Owner

image
Cakebread Cellars
Dennis Cakebread ’71
Co-owner and Chairman of the Board

image
Castello di Amorosa & V. Sattui
Dario Sattui, MBA ’69
Founder and Co-owner

image
Charles Spinetta Winery
Charles Spinetta ’63
Owner

Chatom Vineyards
Gay Callan ‘71
Owner

image
Cliff Lede Vineyards
Anthony Baldini ’96
President

image
Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden
Barbara Steel ’84
Owner

CoZi Wines
Cory Darnell ‘06
Founder

image
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

image
Dehlinger Winery
Thomas Dehlinger ’69
Owner

image
Desforges Wine
Peter Desforges ’83
Founder and Owner

Domaine Chandon
Thomas Tiburzi ‘78
Winemaker

image
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

image
Et Cetera Via Pacifica
David Duckhorn MBA ’96
Co-founder

Feist Wines
Susan Feist (Parent of Alum)

image
Fenestra Winery
Lanny Replogle ’56
President and Owner

image
Gaderian Wines
Natalie Coughlin ’05
Co-founder

Greyscale Wines
Jean Rowe (BA ’80) and Larry Rowe (Em Prof EECS)
Co-Owners

Gundlach Bundschu Winery
Jim Bundschu ‘66
Owner

image
Hafner Vineyard
Dick Hafner ’50
Founding Co-partner

Halleck Vineyards
Harris Miner ‘20
Director of Sales

image
Hall Wines
Kathryn Hall ’68, BCEMBA ’07
Owner

Michael Reynolds MBA ’98
President

Hemly Cider
Sarah Wallace ‘01
Founder

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

June Mountain Vineyard
Michael Bloch MBA ‘90
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

Long Meadow Ranch
Justin Carr ‘97
Winemaker

image
Merry Edwards
Merry Edwards ’70
Founder and Owner

Mikami Vineyards
Jason Mikami ‘92
Founder

image
Mount Eden Vineyards
Frank Patterson ’75
President and Co-owner

Eleanor Patterson ’76
Co-owner

image
Nalle Winery
Lee Nalle ’71
Owner

image
Navarro Vineyards & Winery
Ted Bennett ’60 and Deborah Cahn ’72
Co-owners

image
Niner Wine Estates
Andrew Niner, MBA ’07
President

Longfellow Wines
Mark Smith ‘96
Founder and Owner

Okapi Wine
Dan Johnson ’70
Co-founder and Owner

image
One Hope Wine
Jake Kloberdanz ’05
Founder and CEO

Orr Wines
Erica Orr ’96
Vinter

Orixe Sotelo
Jackie Sotelo ‘08
Co-Founder

image
Parkmon Vineyards
Dave Parker MBA ’91
Owner

image
Peay Vineyards
Andy Peay MBA ’98
Owner

image
Pride Mountain Vineyards
Suzanne Pride ’81
Owner

Prothro Family Wines
Bruce Prothro ’84
Co-Owner

image
R&B Cellars
Barbara Brown ’71
Owner

image
Raymond Burr Vineyards
Robert Benevides ’55
President

image
Ridge Vineyards Inc.
Mark Vernon ’81
Owner

image
Ritchie Creek Vineyard
Robin Wilkins ‘75
Founder

Robleon Wines
Robin Wilkins ‘75
Founder

image
Smith-Madrone Vineyards
Stuart Smith ’70
Co-owner and Managing Partner

image
Spottswoode Estate
Lindy Novak ’79
Owner

image
St. Helena Winery
Lesley Russell MBA ’02
Winery General Manager

Starlite Vineyards
Arman Pahlavan ‘86
Proprietor

image
Taft Street Winery
Christopher Beros ‘82, MBA ‘87
Managing Director

T BAR T
Christopher Beros ‘82, MBA ‘87
Managing Director

Tercero Wines
Larry Schaffer, MBA ’82
Owner

image
Titus Vineyards
Eric Titus ’83, BECMBA ’08
General Manager and Vineyard Operations Manager

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

Trefethen Family Vineyards
Deborah Baldini, EWMBA ’99

image
Trione Vineyards and Winery
Victor Trione, MBA ’70
Co-owner

Tulocay Winery
Brie Cadman, MCB ’99, MPH ’06
Owner & Winemaker

image
Urban Legend Cellars
Marilee Shaffer, EWMBA ’94
Winemaker and Owner

image
Villa Ragazzi
Michaela Rodeno, EWMBA ’80
Co-owner and Manager

​​Wente Vineyards
Camden Hubbard ‘66
Family Member to Founders

image
Wentzel Vineyards
Roland Wentzel, Ph.D. ’75
Owner

image
Wattle Creek Winery
Katie Carter ’04
Winemaker

image
Yamhill Valley Vineyards
Denis Burger ’65
President

image
32 Winds Wine
Ed Mascarin ’59
Founder

The Cal Alumni Association’s alumni wine club, The Graduate Wine Collective, introduces members to wines crafted by UC Berkeley alumni. Join The Graduate Wine Collective.