How to Grow a Family Owned Winery with David Ramey

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David Ramey is the owner and winemakers of Ramey Wine Cellars based in my new home of Healdsburg, California.

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You may have heard of Ramey, or even purchased a few bottles, as it is distributed in almost every market. David has been making wine for 40 odd years in France, Napa, Sonoma, most notably at Chateau Petrus, you’ve probably never heard of that though, Chalk Hill, Matanzas Creek, Rudd Estate, and Dominus in Napa and Sonoma.

In this episode we chat geeky winemaking stuff like total S02 (sulfur dioxide) in wine and native fermentations then we get into how David has grown a family run wine business for decades with production at 40,000 cases from a side project making chardonnay to a multi-million dollar company. We get into the numbers of running a boutique winery, how you should sell your wines, whether direct to consumer or distribution, and what he hopes his legacy looks like.

In this episode we mention...
Ramey Wine Cellars
Zelma Long
Simi Winery
Matanzas Creek
Chalk Hill Estate
Rudd Estate
Total S02
David’s Masters Thesis
Hyde Vineyards
Sidebar Cellars
Bobby Stuckey

Wine Recs: Navarro Gerwtstraminer