Gnekow Family Winery (pronounced "nee-ko") was founded upon two essential principles; first – handcraft quality wines that represent exceptional values by applying Old and New World winemaking techniques to the grapes from our distinctive region and second – create wines that would be fun and exciting!
Our state-of-the-art winery is located in Collegeville, California about an hour from the Napa Valley, in the rolling hills between San Francisco and Yosemite, not far from Mondavi-Woodbridge.
Our Signature Wine, the Campus Oaks "Old Vine" Zinfandel, is selectively chosen from our 80+ year old vineyards and has consistently won Gold Medals every year since it’s initial harvest in 1997. In 2004, we introduced our Old Vine Zinfandel Reserve. A small lot produced from only the best barrels decided upon by our winemaker.
We produce roughly 100,000 cases of exciting wines annually and our Campus Oaks varietal wines have received well over 100 awards from national and international competitions. We also have produced wines for over three-dozen other wineries, including Kendall-Jackson, Hess, Bogle and the organic wine – Our Daily Red.
Our winemaker, David Brown, graduated Magna Cum Laude from the prestigious University of California Davis Winemaking program. He brings many new and exciting ideas and a passion for excellence to the winemaking team. David and his supporting crew of veteran cellar workers have formed a unique bond that allows us to pursue new levels of greatness and exhilaration in the wines we create.
A recent addition to the crew, Brand Manager, Larry Dyson brings years of experience in wine, beer, and spirits sales. He is passionate about the wines which we create and he strives to make them available in the marketplace not just here in California but in several other states as well.
At Gnekow Family Winery, we are proud of the wines we produce, the region we represent and the people who help us create "Great Wines at Great Prices". Our commitment is to produce quality, value-oriented, easy-to-drink and interesting wines while maintaining our friendly professional approach to doing business.
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