A winemaker can spend a lifetime searching for the perfect vineyard. In Ralf Holdenried's case, the vineyard found him. And he feels right at home on our benchland estate along the Silverado Trail.

From childhood chores on his family's vineyard in Germany to crafting small lot wines in Napa Valley, Ralf has an eclectic mix of winemaking experience that spans two continents. He studied winemaking and viticulture at Germany's prestigious University of Geisenheim and worked at several wineries in Reinhessen and Nahe, before studying fermentation science, viticulture and enology at the University of California at Davis. He became fascinated with California's wine culture and has since relished the New World approach to crafting wine.

Ralf joined William Hill Estate in 2007, bringing with him extensive experience across both Napa and Sonoma. Just prior to taking the reins at William Hill, Ralf was the winemaking director for Louis M. Martini's small lot wine program, Cellar 254.

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