What happens when you take some guys, their families, and a deep dedication to the craft of winemaking? Well, first you get a terrible mess. Then you get good wine. Finally, you get the breakthrough: wine as experience. A lifestyle. A community-based product simply because so many hands went into supporting it.
Like a printing press or a local farm, our winery is about a place; a people; a way. A wine crush takes a village, and we believe we have a damn good village.
We make wine in Oakland California, with grapes from Sonoma, Napa, and the Central Coast. We have deep relationships with our growers (some of the best in California). They grow grapes in the same way we make wine – with their hands. People ask "where are your vineyards?" Simple answer – we don't own any vineyards, which enables us to keep our eye on the wine. When we find a vineyard with exceptional fruit - we pounce on it. We're good at making wine, which makes its way to our Oakland winery an hour after we manage the pick. We're urban, but not in a "we're urban" way.
Our NameShortly after the University of California at Berkeley occupied its new buildings in the late 1800’s a delegation of state legislators visited Berkeley and witnessed a group of somewhat wobbly undergraduates returning from a drinking bout in the hills. The result was a law prohibiting the sale of alcoholic beverages within two miles of campus.