Growing up in Oregon state wine country during the region's rise, Greg Fitzgerald always had a periphery awareness of the new world wine industry. This connection came to the forefront while working at the West Coast's top restaurants as a serve and sommelier. In this role, he took many trips to California wine country, learning about the art of wine production and experiencing the culture and lifestyle. This way of life called to him and he set his course for the arduous journey of acquiring a formal University of California at Davis degree in winemaking.
During Greg's academic training, he worked at several prestigious wineries to gain hands-on experience: Saintsbury, Nickel and Nickel, among others. Upon graduation Greg set out to learn from the best, working at Napa Valley cult wineries such as Colgin and Fleury; developing his craft and perfecting his winemaking skills. After working as Harvest Assistant winemaker at Palliser Estate, in New Zealand's famed Martinborough region, he returned to the United States to work as Assistant Winemaker and later Winemaker under the tutelage of Camille Benitah, one of Napa Valley's industry veterans.
We are excited to welcome Greg to the Pope Valley Winery Family. In his position of Winemaker Greg is working wtih legendary winemaker Jean Hoefliger in crafting world-class wines from our Estate Vineyards in Pope Valley.