We would like to introduce you to the Winemakers via their stories about their wines, their recipes and how they got into the wine business.
For instance Ken Burnap, originator of Santa Cruz Mountains Vineyard, was co-owner of the Hobbit Restaurant in Southern California and began his quest for Burgundian Pinot Noir while seeking wines for his restaurant.
Ken’s quest for the perfect growing conditions for the Pinot Noir grape introduced him to David Bruce who brought Ken to a piece of land that he was selling. Ken decided it was the perfect place to grow these grapes, moved from southern CA and hired Jeff Emery, a student from UCSC, for vineyard work and cellar help. Jeff grew into his love of the perfect pinot quest and took over the winery in 2002 when Ken remarried and took off for an extended sailing trip on the Meditteranean. In turn, Jeff is now taking Dennis Huey under his wing in the same manner that Ken did with him. Dennis heads up Odonata Winery.
Twins Peter and Paul Bargetto, along with friend Jon Morgan, began Soquel Vineyards in 1987 after leaving the family winemaking business. Bargetto Winery, also in the Santa Cruz Mountains, was started in 1933 by Peter and Paul’s grandfather John Bargetto and his brother, Philip and was the first local winery to emerge from Prohibition.
Don Naumann is, in addition to winemaking, the Founder and President of Sierra Pacific Turf Supply. Don has been in the turf care business for more than 25 years and has received a number of accolades for his contributions to the industry. He is the owner and winemaker for Naumann Vineyards.
Most every winemaker in our colorful region have a story or eighty that fill out their characters. For more stories see additional write ups by their tasting notes.
Shannon worked as the Director of Operations for the Santa Cruz Mountains Winegrower’s Association for approximately 13 years. Shannon has brought wine events of all kinds to the area in an effort to excite interest in the local wines and food. She loves watching people from all over enjoying the region’s wine and witnessing the local vintners businesses grow and prosper.