The Pisoni Family is committed to growing grapes and making wine from the Santa Lucia Highlands. Sparcely populated vines are a key to remarkable flavor and textures in wines. Our goal as a family is to work with nature, through farming and crafting wines, and to preserve this identity in wines that express this very site.
Located in the heart of Gonzales, California.
- Producing the best wines.
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Jeff spent his childhood immersed in his family, the farm and the vineyards. These influences, his father’s winemaking and an early interest in science allowed Jeff to know from very early on that he would pursue a life of making wine. He earned a degree in Enology from the California State University at Fresno, and after working at other wineries (Peter Michael and Bernardus), started making wine full-time with his family. Jeff loves the interwoven art, science and craft aspects of winemaking, and the never-ending learning and appreciation of nature found while working with the vineyards and wine.
Mark wakes up before dawn every day to check the fields—just as he did as a young boy while with his grandfather. Mark is the vineyard manager and also oversees the family’s vegetable farm in the Salinas Valley. He has spent most of his life learning from and working with his grandfather and father—on the farm and in the vineyard. Prior to working full-time, Mark earned a bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Economics from University of California, Davis, and an M.S. in Farm Business Management from Cornell University. Now, Mark blends his life-long skills learned while farming and in academia with a genetic passion for viticulture into the vines of Pisoni, Garys’ and Soberanes Vineyards.
Gary Pisoni exudes passion—for adventure, for family, for grape growing, for wine. He combines all of these by pouring his enthusiasm and energy into Pisoni Vineyards. Described as “the new face of American Pinot Noir” and “Burgundian-crazy about his vines,” Gary grows grapes using meticulous viticultural practices. Over the last 30+ years, he has transformed the mountainous property where his parents once grew vegetables, grazed a few horses and head of cattle into one of California’s most renowned vineyards.