Santa Fe Wine and Chile Fiesta

2018 Featured Winery - Ramey Wine Cellars

Widely acknowledged as an American wine pioneer nonpareil, David Ramey, who received his graduate degree in enology in 1979 from UC-Davis (his master’s thesis, “Volatile Ester Hydrolysis or Formation during Storage of Model Solutions and Wines,” was later published in the Journal of Agriculture Food Chemistry), pretty much propelled California wines and winemakers to the forefront of the international wine world, and this year his winery, Ramey Wine Cellars, will be serving as the featured winery at Santa Fe Wine & Chile Fiesta.

Born in Seattle but more or less a child of Silicon Valley before it became Silicon Valley (one of his classmates from third grade through high school was none other than Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak), Ramey spent his formative post-graduate years at Jean-Pierre Moueix’s Château Pétrus and Lindemans of Australia before returning to California and applying his skills at wineries such as Matanzas Creek, Chalk Hill, Dominus and Rudd.

In 1996, he and his wife Carla founded Ramey Wine Cellars. Since then, Ramey has continually produced critically acclaimed, award-winning wines, focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay and Syrah as its primary varietals.

Still experimenting (in 2014, he opened Sidebar Cellars—as a venture for how to do more with different varieties and regions) and still producing, Ramey himself is also sought out by other wineries and winemakers as a consultant and advisor.