About the Vineyard
Pigasus Vineyard, Sonoma Mountain
This organically-farmed vineyard is located on the western edge of Sonoma Mountain at approximately 850 feet elevation and consists of 10 acres of rolling hillsides. Planted in 2008, the Pinot Noir blocks consist of Pommard and 777 clones. Grown on volcanic soils including a combination of sandy loam and clay loam, the grape vines benefit from warm days and cool nights, perfect growing conditions for Pinot Noir.
Ever since I made a single case of wine from a home winemaking kit in our kitchen many years ago, I have been fascinated by the winemaking process. At that time, I realized that pursuing a career in winemaking was my desired direction. With fortune on my side, I landed my first harvest internship at Girard Winery in Sonoma and shortly later, I began my pursuit of the UC Davis Winemaking Certificate program. As I went through the curriculum of the Certificate program, cellar and laboratory internships at Cakebread Cellars in Rutherford, at Williams Selyem in Healdsburg, and at Far Niente in Oakville followed. In the Spring of 2015, I began working full time in the laboratory at Trinchero Family Estates in St. Helena and completed the Winemaking Certificate program a few weeks later. I continued working in the lab at TFE for several years until I felt that it was now or never to pursue my own wine brand, with the goal to create balanced wines from responsibly farmed vineyard sites.
About Fest Wine Co.
As my wife Stacey and I have enjoyed wine with family and friends for many occasions and celebrations, we wanted to convey the idea that opening a bottle of wine can be a celebration itself in our brand name. This idea is reflected in our brand logo, depicting a group of friends enjoying wine in a casual setting. Our brand name also pays homage to my German heritage. In the German language, the term Fest refers to a celebration among families, neighbors, or friends. Hence, the name Fest Wine Co. was born.