her position as winemaker at Peter Michael Winery in 2001 to launch Peay Vineyards. Formerly, she worked at Château Lafite-Rothschild and Domaine Michel Gros. Nick, a UC Davis-trained and veteran Santa Cruz mountains winemaker, is the vineyard manager and works side-by-side with our crew of 11 vineyard workers.
The vineyard and winery are not a family heritage. The family bought an old apple orchard and sheep ranch in 1996, planted the first 30 acres in 1998, and have dedicated our lives to learning how to make superior wines from it. With one exception, all Peay wines are estate-grown, farmed at our cold and foggy 53-acre hilltop vineyard located above a river in the far northwestern corner of the West Sonoma Coast AVA, 3 miles from the Pacific Ocean. We were the first to plant this far north and west as it was deemed too cold and inhospitable for grape growing.
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