Guarachi Family Wines has announced the appointment of Julian Gonzalez as their new chief winemaker.
Gonzalez comes from Paul Hobbs Consulting, the company says in a press release, where he served as lead winemaker for all consulting programs since 2007. As the group’s lead winemaker, Gonzalez crafted some of their wines from wineries such as Guarachi Family Wines, Black Cordon Vineyards, Constant-Diamond Mountain Vineyard and Stewart Cellars.
Prior to that, Gonzalez worked under winemaker Rolando Herrera at Mi Sueño Winery, Argentina’s Viña Cobos, Paul Hobbs Winery, Vine Cliff Winery and Chateau Potelle. Gonzalez also spent time as a cellar worker at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Dominus Estate and Louis M. Martini Winery.
In Gonzalez’s new role, he will serve as winemaker and caretaker to Guarachi Family Wines’ winemaking program, along with the Meadowrock estate in the Atlas Peak appellation of Napa Valley and Sun Chase vineyard in the Sonoma Coast’s Petaluma Gap.
“Alex Guarachi and the team at Guarachi Family Wines have given me this amazing opportunity to work with the best terroir of Napa Valley and Sonoma Coast and ultimately improve upon what are already some of California’s best wines,” says Gonzalez.
Since 2007, Guarachi Family Wines has crafted limited bottlings of Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley and Pinot Noir from Sonoma Coast. In the past two years, Guarachi Family Wines purchased Meadowrock vineyard in the Atlas Peak appellation of Napa Valley and Sun Chase vineyard, the overlook to the Sonoma Coast’s Petaluma Wind Gap.
In addition to Gonzalez’s impressive work history, he also received his education at Napa Junior College and the University of California Davis.