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The Graduate Wine Collective

Wines Crafted by UC Berkeley Alumni

Natalie and Shaina, co-founders of Gaderian Wines.

Discover wines as unique as your own Cal experience.

The Graduate Wine Collective is the Cal Alumni Association’s alumni wine club. As members of the club, alumni are introduced to premier wines made by wineries and vineyards in Napa Valley, Sonoma County, and beyond that are connected to Cal alumni.

Proceeds from The Graduate Wine Collective support the Cal Alumni Association’s alumni and student programs. Join The Graduate Wine Collective today to become a Founding Member and enjoy exclusive benefits! 

How It Worksillustrated wine glasses in the shape of California state

Cal alumni interested in joining our wine club can sign up and select shipment preferences at

All registered club members will receive three wine shipments per year, featuring wines hand-selected by UC Berkeley wine experts and aficionados.

Each shipment will have other wine-tasting complements, including, but not limited to:

  • Autographed wine bottles
  • Recipes for dishes that pair well with the wines
  • Tasting notes

The Graduate Wine Collective’s yearly shipment schedule:

  • November
  • February
  • May

Note: The arrival of a member’s first shipment will vary depending on when members join in the cycle.

How Wines Are Selected

All wines are selected through a blind tasting by an alumni panel.

Current Shipment

Our Spring 2022 shipment features:

  • 2017 Smith-Madrone Riesling, Napa Valley
    • Stuart Smith ’70, founder and managing partner
  • 2019 Mikami Vineyards Zinfandel, Lodi
    • Jason Mikami ’92, founder
  • 2020 Orixe Sotelo Albariño and Godello
    • Jackie Sotelo ’08, co-founder 
  • 2018 Kiston Wines North Coast Pinot Noir, Napa Valley
    • Brad Kiston ’80, co-founder and owner

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UC Berkeley’s Alumni-Owned 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.