As a small, family-owned winery we live our lives amidst the vines. Our vineyard and the rhythms of the season are constant reminders that the soil, the air, the water and the vines are the essence of the wines we craft. We’ve always said that great fruit is the real star of our winemaking team. So we let the grapes take center stage, patiently nurturing the vines to produce fruit with intense, ripe and balanced flavors. Then we let time, traditional winemaking techniques and good French oak work their magic.
Our son Alex was ten when we first planted our vineyard. He grew up with our vines, and worked with them as a field hand when he was barely sixteen. But it wasn’t until after college that he caught the winemaking bug. When he did, he followed it from Sonoma to New Zealand to Oregon and back to Sonoma, working as a harvest and cellar intern at several renowned wineries and eventually as an associate winemaker. In 2011, we named Alex winemaker, though he kept his “day job” at another Sonoma County winery for three more years. In 2014 , he left that position to focus exclusively on Kanzler Family Vineyards.