Gustafson wines are a reflection of our unique mountain estate and the passionate individuals involved in their creation.
Owners Dan Gustafson with son Jeff and daughter Kristen.
Gustafson Family Vineyards is Owned by Dan Gustafson, his daughter Kristen Khanna, and his son Jeff Gustafson. The integrated home and winery that Dan and his craftsman colleagues have created are both a workplace and retreat for Dan, his wife Phyllis, the Gustafson family and their friends. The family intends to keep the vineyard property feeling like a private home, a place they enjoy hosting visitors and wine lovers from all over the world.
Emmett lives onsite and has built a reputation for producing bold red wines from our unique high elevation vineyard. Gustafson has benefited from his hands-on approach to vineyard and winery management, his brilliant sense of taste, and a shared sensitivity to the land. Emmett lives at the vineyard with his wife, Jessica, their son, Cormac, and their winery dog, Rampage.
Emmett Reed manages our estate vineyard in partnership with Javier Rivas of North Pacific Vineyard Management. Javier and his fantastic team have been working with our vines since 2008, and our vineyard practices are certified sustainable under their license.
Sharon has been with Gustafson since March of 2013, when she moved to Healdsburg from Greenville, TN to live closer to her grandchildren. Sharon brings an extensive background in sales and membership management—having spent 17 years as a District Manager for Avon—and a strong sense of southern hospitality. She is an integral part of our overall guest experience.
Vanessa joined the Gustafson team in August of 2013 as Winemaker Emmett Reed's harvest intern. She jumped over to our Estate Tasting Room in early 2014 and continues to be our most versatile employee. On any given day, you may find her moving barrels on the crush pad, leading a private tasting for our vacation rental guests, or keeping our administrative office in order.
With such a small team, our success at large events depends entirely on the dedication of our industry partners and event volunteers. Our events are catered exclusively by Baci Cafe & Wine Bar in downtown Healdsburg, under the brilliant guidance of Head Chef Shari Sarabi and Owner Lisbeth Holmefjord.
Our events are staffed by a core group of volunteers who have supported Dan's vision since our doors opened in 2009. Our industry partners and event volunteers have greeted thousands of guests with delicious food, warm smiles and friendly hospitality, and have helped create Gustafson's strong reputation for excellence.
Rampage is our beloved winery dog. He is Emmett's loyal vineyard companion and our official tasting room greeter, and has also been known to spend long weekends with our vacation rental guests. He leads impromptu tours of the vineyard for tasting room guests, keeps our estate gopher-free, and loves to chase tennis balls.
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