In 1995, Doctors Ian and Elena Renner decided to finally plant the vineyard of their dreams, planting their first eight acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. Situated on a peninsula overlooking New Melones Reservoir, the land was blessed with cool afternoon breezes coming off the water, and they felt the microclimate here would lend itself to producing world-class grapes and wines. Today their dream is realized with the first release of Estate-Grown wines and Olive Oil.
After having been born and raised in New Zealand, Ian spent nearly 10 years working in prominent hospitals in Adelaide, South Australia. It was here that he fell in love with the famous wines of the Barossa. As his love for grapes and wine grew, Ian dreamed of growing and making World-Class wine himself.
Ian came to the United States in 1983, became a Professor of Medicine at the University of Southern California, and married the love of his life, Elena, a Psychologist who was "just as mad about wine as I was!" Their common dream of Read more »