ABOUT PEDRASIn 2005 Cecilia and her husband Wil created Pedras Wine Company and were the second generation of vintners making cabernet sauvignon from their family’s Ristow Estate vineyard. When the vineyard was sold in 2012, they decided to source fruit from a historic vineyard in Rutherford. In 2016, Pedras rosé of pinot noir from Sonoma County was introduced. Both wines are of limited production.
Cecilia began working in the wine business in 1998 running the marketing and sales for her family’s winery. She manages the daily operation of Pedras Wine Company and please contact for her any additional information: Cecilia@pedraswine.com, 707 287 1875 or cell phone 646 912 2520.
Kari’s desire to begin a career as a winemaker lured her from Chicago to the Bay area and eventually to Napa Valley. She was determined to make the transition from designing wine labels and drinking great wine to her ultimate goal of making wine.
While experimenting with winemaking at home, Kari began working with some of California’s great winemakers and managed to put herself through enology school. She spent six years working with vintner-consultant, Celia Welch, who is responsible for some of Napa Valley’s most impressive wines: Scarecrow, Lindstrom, Hollywood & Vine, Keever, Kelly Fleming, Jim Barbour and Celia’s brand, Corra.
Kari describes herself as a hands-on winemaker and has expertise in all aspects of the process from vineyard to bottle. Her style is all about staying intimately involved with every step of the intricate process, from vineyard sourcing and hands-on berry sorting to the myriad details of winemaking, sensory analysis and the infinitely nuanced art and science of blending.
As a consulting winemaker for boutique estate programs, she has spent the last decade crafting ultra-premium wines from some of the best vineyards in Napa Valley and Sonoma. Along with Pedras, Kari also is the consulting winemaker for Napa-based Silver Trident Winery, Bryter Estates, Madrone Estates Pinot Noir program in Sonoma, and Plume Napa Valley.
Kari is a rising star and believes her success is a combination of dedication, hard work, talent and working with great people. Kari puts it best when she says, “As I look back on a career that has included several highly regarded cult wines, making really good wine is definitely a team sport, and I’ve been on some fantastic teams.”