“We are not free, separate, and independent entities, but like links in chain, and we could not by any means be what we are today without those who went before us and showed us the way.”

Thomas Mann

With commitment to the craft and deep appreciation for all who've come before us—we hope our wines provide pleasure and help shape memories you make around your table.

 

 

Ryan Deovlet - Owner/Winemaker



While visiting family in Kona, Hawaii, the memorable flavor of single-plantation coffee opened Ryan’s mind to a whole new universe. In 2003, bitten by the “ag-bug,” he discovered the Willing Workers on Organic Farms program which allowed him to learn and work across vineyards in Australia and New Zealand. During that time he bounced around the Hunter and Yarra Valleys  before working the 2004 harvest in Mornington Peninsula at Turramurra Estate. From there, travels swept him to Central Otago and Hawkes Bay to prune alongside vineyard crews.

Upon returning to California in 2005, he spent 2 years  with Central Coast legend Stephen Dooley, owner/winemaker of Stephen Ross Wine Cellars.  Motivated to stretch his education, get exposed to a wide variety of winemaking styles, and work with new vineyard sources, Ryan became assistant winemaker at Red Car Wine Company in 2007.  While there, he soaked up invaluable tips from consulting winemaker David Ramey, highly renowned winegrower Ulises Valdez, and sought-after soil scientist Dr. Daniel Roberts.

More excited than ever to dive deep into the world of wine, Ryan trekked to Vina Cobos in Mendoza, Argentina to work the 2008 harvest under the tutelage of renowned winemaker Paul Hobbs. Inspired, he returned to California in the spring of 2008 and sat in front of Richard Sanford sharing his desire to source from one of the pioneers of California Pinot Noir—and with that, in the 2008 vintage Deovlet Wines was born with two tons (~100 cases) of Pinot Noir from the La Encantada Vineyard, Sta. Rita Hills AVA.

 

Grace Kegel - Assistant Winemaker