September 9, 2011
It is with great sadness that we have to report that Greg Stach is leaving as Winemaker for Kanzler Vineyards. As many of you are aware, Greg is also winemaker for Landmark Winery which was recently purchased by Fiji Water, a subsidiary of $2B diversified agricultural and consumer conglomerate, Roll Global. Greg is thrilled and excited by the opportunities the new ownership offers but unfortunately for Kanzler Vineyards, his new responsibilities will require all his focus and energy. Greg is a gifted winemaker and good friend. We will miss him.
Fortunately, Kanzler Vineyards is very lucky to have someone ready, willing and perfectly suited to take the reins from Greg and carry on our tradition of being a family-owned, producer of limited production, premium, Pinot Noir. Our new winemaker is our son, Alex Kanzler. Alex has long been preparing for this role. He grew up on the vineyard estate spending countless hours in the rows, working side-by-side with the crew of our vineyard manager Eric Neil, learning viticulture the old fashioned way. He has honed his winemaking skills working for Greg at Landmark Wines, Michael Browne at Kosta-Browne, Shane Finely of Lynmar Estate and Russell Bevan of Bevan Cellars. Alex spent a harvest season working in the cellar of well regarded Oregon pinot producer Domain Serene and traveled to New Zealand to work a full crush season at central Otago, pinot grower and producer Carrick Wines. Besides being the winemaker for Kanzler Vineyards, Alex is also assistant winemaker for VML Wines, Healdburg, CA.
Needless to say Lynda and I are delighted. We are proud of what we have built at Kanzler Vineyards. We are thrilled that Alex shares the same passion for Pinot that we do and the family business will carry on into the next generation. We expect a seamless transition and predict a great future. You can expect the same wonderful wines as always from Kanzler Vineyards