Amy & Michael Grable
Winemaker & Winegrower
Michael and Amy met at UC Berkeley in 1984. Michael graduated first and went to work for Morgan Stanley in New York and London, and when Amy graduated, the two traveled with a group of friends to the magical Greek isles and discovered that they were meant to be together. Some months later, Michael moved back to the States to earn his MBA from UCLA while Amy earned hers at Thunderbird, American Graduate School of International Management. Upon graduating, both followed their hearts to San Francisco where Michael continued his journey in Investment Banking at Montgomery Securities, and Amy began her adventure in Sourcing for Gap Inc. Then in 2000, they voyaged back to Greece where that first spark ignited and tied the knot on the stunning cliffs of Santorini. It was a trip to their cheerful past to launch their sunny future, and over the next couple of years, the two began dreaming about what would be next…
Michael grew up among the vines in Napa and Davis and vowed to return one day. In 2002, that day arrived as Michael and Amy moved to wine country from San Francisco, chasing the sun and a dream. They searched for the perfect garden and stumbled on an even better one… a 20 acre vineyard in unknown, unspoiled, unimaginably glorious Knights Valley. Inspired by the creek, the redwoods and the wildlife, they quickly committed to becoming stewards of the land. And inspired by the gnarled and beautiful, decades-old Old Wente vines, they quickly determined to grow and make terroir-driven wines that they would love to drink and share.
Together, the team of two set out to create a magical world where friends would gather and wildlife would flourish. Michael would tend the vines, and Amy would make the wine.
Michael is a wine lover with a green thumb, a nature enthusiast, a weather junkie and a natural farmer. He jumped into the vineyard with both feet, both hands, a tractor and his beloved frost fans. Michael made vineyard health, sustainable farming and water conservation priorities. He collaborated with seasoned and cutting-edge vineyard managers and looked to famed water-witch Laurie Woods for guidance on water management.
Amy is propelled by the notion that no guest shall go thirsty. The Grables shared the bounty of their first harvest with Peter McCoy, the property’s former proprietor and winemaker. Peter became both mentor and friend, and Amy started that first ‘02 vintage with her mentor at her side, making wine by hand, drop by drop, in a cool cave in Napa. Over the years, she honed her craft through course studies in winemaking and continued extensive hands-on experience.