After 6 years of selling grapes to local wineries and tasting the magnificent finished product, the time came for Wilderotter Vineyard to become Wilderotter Vineyard and Winery. Working with consultants, I started slow and fermented only 3 barrels each of Zinfandel and Syrah from the 2001 harvest. In the Summer of 2003 my first vintage was in bottle and for sale. But where? I had no tasting room, no distributors, and no wine brokers. I turned to “friends and family” to test my winemaking skills. Sales went well and I quickly sold out. (Every winemakers dream!) With the 2002 harvest, I produced 750 cases of Zin, Syrah, Viognier, and Roussanne. All quickly sold out! We have expanded the vineyard to 26 planted acres which include Zinfandel, Syrah, Tempranillo, Barbera, Viognier, Petite Sirah, Mourvedre, Grenache, and Sauvignon Blanc. And now I produce 3000 cases annually. A beautifully constructed tasting room, a broker in Sacramento, and an ever increasing Wine Club list have reinforced my decision to grow.