Our Story

Our winemaking is a relatively recent venture. For over twenty years we were primarily grape growers selling our premium grapes to some of the best wineries in Sonoma and Napa counties with whom we have long standing relationships. One of our client-wineries was Wellington Vineyards in Glen Ellen owned by the Wellington family of Sonoma. Peter Wellington, owner-winemaker, produced several award-winning, vineyard specific Cabernet Sauvignons, including one from our Dry Creek Vineyard. Peter Wellington helped us develop and make our wines. We grew and produced boutique lots of Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, Sagrantino, a Red Blend and Cabernet Sauvignon at the Wellington facility in Glen Ellen. We now produce our wines at the Meeker custom crush facility in Healdsburg and continue to receive consulting support from Peter Wellington as well as David Noyes who also worked with Wellington.

A series of photos showing three Denier-Handal bottles in a semi-formal table setting; a cluster of ripe cabernet grapes on the vine; and a smiling Richard Handal behind the counter at a wine tasting event.

Though we no longer farm our own grapes we continue to consult for the family that purchased our vineyard in Dry Creek Valley from which we continue to make our Cabernet Sauvignon and Sagrantino wines. We also maintain close contact with our farming colleagues in Sonoma County and Mendocino County where we source our other grapes. We are fortunate to work with our friend Larry Venturi at Venturi Family Vineyards in Mendocino. Larry grows our Sangiovese and Petite Sirah.

We continue to source excellent Zinfandel and Syrah grapes from small family owned vineyards that follow our high standards in growing grapes using organic practices and supporting sustainability. These farming relationships ensure that our grapes will continue to produce award winning wines.