Our Philosophy
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Our Philosophy
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Richard Ward
Co-Founder
David Graves
Co-Founder
1977
A Meeting of the Minds
(and Palates)
David Graves and Richard Ward, both UC Davis graduate students at the time, met in brewing class. In addition to sharing a love for the homebrew, they also had similar taste in wine: Burgundies.
1978
David and Dick are housemates working the Napa Valley harvest at Chappellet and Stag's Leap Wine Cellars.
1981
Saintsbury Comes to Life
Saintsbury is founded by David and Dick focusing on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.  The winery’s namesake honors George Saintsbury, literary historian & oenophile (1845-1933).
1982
First wines released: 1981 Chardonnay ($7.50) and 1981 Rancho Carneros Pinot Noir ($8).  Rancho Carneros was a single vineyard wine from across Cutting Wharf Rd from us, owned by Zach Berkowitz.
1983
1500 Los Carneros Ave
Ned Forrest is hired on as the architect for the winery and office. Broke ground in June when we received our use permit with completion of the winery building in December. Bill Knuttel becomes Winemaker. Carneros is named an American Viticultural Area.  First bottling of Saintsbury’s iconic Garnet Carneros Pinot Noir.
1985
Byron Kosuge hired as Assistant Winemaker and promoted to Winemaker in 1996.
1986
Home Ranch estate vineyard (13 acres) planted with attention to rootstock and clones.  Pommard cuttings came from friend and fellow winemaker, David Adelsheim from Oregon.
1988
Cellar expanded.  First container of Saintsbury wine is exported to the UK.
1990
Brown Ranch Vineyards is Purchased
Brown Ranch on Old Sonoma Road, once a hayfield and Percheron horse farm, is purchased by Saintsbury and planted to Pinot Noir & Chardonnay in 1992. The first vintage of Brown Ranch is 1996, the small crop in 1995 went into the 1995 Reserve PN, no wonder that wine was so good!
1997
Wine Spectator names 1995 Reserve Chardonnay as the Number 10 wine in their Top 100 Wines of the Year.
1998
First open top fermenters installed at the winery.
2004
Creation of Vineyard Series Wines
Vineyard Series portfolio is created; a selection of high quality vineyards that results in single vineyard Pinot Noir bottlings. Jerome Chery is named Winemaker.
2006
Chris Kajani is hired as Associate Winemaker and becomes Winemaker in 2013.
2007
Saintsbury Goes Green
Installation of 7,000 sq ft of solar panels, 85 kilowatt photovoltaic system.  Vin Gris of Pinot Noir and Carneros Chardonnay are bottled with screw cap.
2010
Tim Colla is hired on as Oenologist and becomes Associate Winemaker in 2013.
2010
Fifteen more 5 ton open top fermenters are installed, bringing the total to 21. New packaging on all Vineyard Series wines.
2013
Westward!
Three new vineyard partners added in the true Sonoma Coast, Green Valley of Russian River Valley and Anderson Valley.