Eric started Flanagan in 1999 with the purchase of 40 acres in Sonoma County and he and his oldest daughter, Riley, planted the first vine in 2001. Their first wine was one barrel of Cabernet made in 2004. Flanagan now makes about 4,500 cases of wine a year from the top vineyard sites in Sonoma County. Eric also manages a vineyard investment fund called Russian River Partners (RRP). Eric has acquired 6 North Coast vineyards for RRP totaling 370 acres including the iconic Platt Ranch.
If Eric isn’t at the winery or in the vineyard you will most likely find him just offshore, surfing the ice cold waters of the Sonoma Coast, or, somewhere around the world hosting a wine dinner. His favorite thing is being a Dad and his largest character flaw is talking too much about his daughters. He wrote several children’s books featuring Riley, Lola, and Ruby when they were younger.
Eric, his wife Kit, and their three daughters (Riley, Lola, and Ruby) make their home in Healdsburg, in Sonoma County California.
Flanagan winery is located at 435 West Dry Creek Road just outside Healdsburg. The 20 acre property has: 7.5 acres of vineyard, an historic winery and barrel barn founded in 1885, a beautiful patio for wine tasting, and panoramic views of Dry Creek Valley.