From the Producer-
"When Barney Fetzer started making wine in Northern California in 1968, people tried explaining to him how the wine industry worked. Barney tore up the rulebook instead. Pursuing an earth-first philosophy and groundbreaking practices, he charted Fetzer in a new direction. The industry is still catching up. From zero-waste initiatives to 100% renewable energy sources, Fetzer’s sustainable practices are designed for real-world results. Now the torch has been passed to a new generation...
For Charlie Gilmore, current Winemaker at Fetzer Vineyards, it’s all about place— those ideal sites where good earth, favorable climate and savvy growers come together to create a wine he can call Fetzer. As Winemaker, Charlie was given a comfortable chair and a new computer, but he quickly rebelled against office life. You’ll find him in the vineyards every chance he gets, including 4 a.m. mornings and long harvest nights.
“I never wanted to be in the service industry, never wanted to be a lawyer or anything like that,” he says. “I always wanted to do something tactile. To make something you could hold in your hand and appreciate.”
His winemaking philosophy is to “always exceed expectations” and it has borne fruit at Fetzer, where our wines have won more than 200 awards in recent years. Fetzer’s commitment to earth-friendly practices already comes naturally to Charlie. “The sustainable message was something I knew and admired before I took the job. It makes me even more proud to work here.” This hands-on winemaker has found his place."