My guests on Thursday, July 22nd are Christine Wente and Karl D. Wente, 5th generation winegrowers of Wente Family Estates, the country’s oldest continuously operated family-owned winery. More than 125 years of committed stewardship to the land has led to the development of Wente Vineyards’ Farming for the Future, a system of sustainable viticultural practices designed to produce the best quality wines with the least environmental impact. Christine, Karl & I will talk about the wineries and award winning wines of Wente Vineyards, as well as The Course, an 18-hole Greg Norman designed golf course; The Restaurant, which features Californian wine country fare, including produce sourced from Wente Vineyards’ magnificent herb and vegetable garden; and The Concerts at Wente Vineyards which combine stellar performances by top name headliners with the stunning ambiance of a spectacular vineyard setting.
As Senior Vice-President of Hospitality, Christine Wente oversees the operations and marketing of the family’s thriving lifestyle business. With her passion for wine and food and her dedication to creating world-class guest experiences, Christine continuously works to improve and increase awareness of The Tasting Rooms, The Restaurant, The Course, Catering, and The Concerts at Wente Vineyards.In 2000 she became the first member of the fifth generation to join the family business, bringing new perspectives to the country’s longest continuously operated family-owned winery.Prior to joining Wente Vineyards, Christine gained additional wine industry experience working for the E. & J. Gallo Winery & for Gallo of Sonoma. In addition to her MBA from Stanford University, Christine holds a bachelor’s degree in politics from Princeton University & a certificate in cuisine from Le Cordon Bleu in Paris. Christine resides with her husband, Roland,and their young son & daughter in the East Bay.
Karl D. Wente
Fifth Generation Winegrower and Winemaker Karl D. Wente is responsible for all winemaking at Wente Vineyards. 2010 will be Karl’s 11th vintage and the 9th at Wente Vineyards, working with the family’s estate-grown vineyards.Since joining Wente Vineyards in 2002, Karl has overseen the production of the winery’s Estate Grown and small lot wines. His passion for artisanal, handcrafted wines has led to the addition of limited release wines, The Nth Degree series, as well as the development of a small lot winemaking facility within the main winery. Karl grew up working at Wente Vineyards and chose to gain experience at other wineries, The Peter Michael Winery in Sonoma and Brown Brothers winery in Victoria, Australia. Karl graduated from Stanford University with a degree in Chemical Engineering, graduate school at the University of California at Davis, where he earned two Masters degrees: one in viticulture and one in enology. He also plays & performs with his band, ‘The Front Porch’.