ANDY ERICKSON – WINEMAKER
Shortly after arriving in Napa Valley in 1994, I met Annie, and we connected through a shared passion for where we lived, what we did, and what we could do. We loved (and continue to love) growing things, creating, building, cooking, fermenting, preserving, and of course the results of all that activity. Growing grapes and making wine has become the center of our daily work lives, and it has brought us to many incredible places and helped us forge great and meaningful friendships. With our wine business, what started literally as a garage project has bloomed into something sustainable, and we have attracted a small but formidable team, strengthening our ability to grow and improve. Still, I am happy that it still feels like a family business, just with a growing family.
As a winemaker, my goal is to highlight the character of each of the unique vineyard sites with which I work, whether at my clients’ estate vineyards, or the vineyards that produce our own Favia wines. A summer in France during university, and many subsequent trips to winegrowing regions in Europe, have fueled my enthusiasm for the concept of terroir, and wines made from special places. While I am fortunate to travel and work with wineries in other parts of the world, I feel incredibly lucky to call Napa Valley my home, and I am constantly marveled by the diversity of soils and microclimates in this small but diverse valley.