Graham Tatomer began working in the wine business at the age of 16 for Santa Barbara Winery. It soon grew into a passion and in 2003, he packed his bags and moved to Austria to get a better grip on the growing and making of Riesling. He was able to find work with Weingut Knoll who also turned him onto the Grüner Veltliner grape. What initially was planned to be a ten-week trip; turned into a year and two additional harvests in the Wachau. Graham left with abundant knowledge of old world winemaking with a focus on Riesling, Grüner Veltliner, and Spätburgunder (Pinot Noir). The wines are made with masterful precision and we're proud to have them in the Winestyr portfolio.
Graham does not own any of the vineyards that bear his fruit, however, Kick-On Ranch Vineyard has become his de facto "estate" vineyard. Not only is it just 15 minutes from his winemaking facility in Santa Maria, but it is where he leases the most vineyard acreage and has, thanks to his excellent winemaking, become a key voice for the property. This is the only vineyard site where Graham gets all three varieties grown (Pinot Noir, Riesling, Gruner) but not the only vineyard that he works with. Other sites include Olver’s Vineyard and Paragon among others.
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