Our winemaking journey began when Casey Stringer was a high schooler traveling to California with his parents to visit Bay area colleges. Due to an unforeseen family circumstance, they had a few extra days between campus visits. The family decided to head to the Napa Valley, a place that they had all certainly heard of, but knew little about. Casey and his father Chip were taken with Napa’s laid-back lifestyle, vineyard filled landscapes, and the wines. Casey knew then that his path in life would be with wine. Back at home in Wisconsin with those memories still fresh, Casey picked up a job at a local wine shop to begin learning all he could while Chip began collecting wines from Napa and around the world.
Casey did end up going to college in California, but in Santa Barbara where he studied photography. He immediately got a job as a cellar hand at a local winery where he soon realized that he wanted to spend his time in the cellar and vineyards and not in the classroom. Throughout his twenties, Casey traveled both near and abroad seeking different experiences in winemaking. He worked at Robert Sinskey Vineyards in Napa, Archery Summit in Oregon and several wineries in New Zealand where he also attended school for a more formal winemaking education. Upon returning to California, Casey worked in the cellar at the esteemed Santa Ynez cult winery Jonata.
While visiting his family in Wisconsin one summer he met a girl, and as the story goes, decided to stay put and get married. While this seemed like a detour in his winemaking journey, the wine bug was still firmly planted. Casey reached out to his California vineyard connections and began shipping premium West coast fruit to Wisconsin and making what was arguably Wisconsin’s best-ever wine produced in a garage. But as he says, that wasn’t a sustainable business model. So it was back to the vines in California with his wife, Brooke, and now their two young boys in tow.
Today we make our wine high up on Atlas Peak in the Napa Valley and at a winery in the heart of Sonoma County’s Russian River valley. We produce premium, small lot wine from the finest vineyard sources in California. Our winemaking philosophy is simple: Use the best grapes we can find from the best vineyard sites to make wines you will not soon forget. Casey employs minimalist winemaking techniques, allowing the fruit and individual vineyards to shine through in each bottle, exhibiting the balance and complexity that the vineyards themselves show vintage after vintage. Always on the lookout for great vineyards, Casey’s vision of making great wines from California’s great wine regions comes through with each and every sip.