Source: Walter Hansel Winery

Source: Walter Hansel Winery


Napa, California

My father, Walter, loved to grow everything form kiwi to oriental pears and more. In the 1970's he enlisted my help to plant 257 chardonnay vines. Throughout the 1980's our entire family would harvest the half acre of grapes and my father and I would make the wine; filling two barrels, which equaled 50 cases of wine.

Initially, these wines were hard to drink but with the help of my friend, Tom Rochioli, I developed a passion to understand everything about the vineyards and the process of making wine. This passion influenced my quest for growing World-class wines.

Since our first commercial vintage in 1996, I have learned with every havest that you must listen to vine; reactive to Mother Nature and ALWAYS compromise quantity for quality.