Darrell Holbrook

Winemaker, Chalk Hill

Born and raised, in Sonoma County, Darrell Holbrook spent his childhood among the vineyards. Darrell’s first experience in the wine industry was through his father’s work at Lytton Springs Winery, now Ridge Vineyards, in Healdsburg. When Darrell was just twelve years old, he was already driving tractors and helping where he could at the winery. The beauty of the landscape and excitement of working in this hands-on industry was of deep interest to him even at a young age; He was hooked.

After working for a while at Lytton Springs in the vineyards, he decided that he needed to learn from the best. In 1994, he began an apprenticeship under world-renowned winemaker, David Ramey and moved into the cellar at Chalk Hill Estate. He felt the best way to really absorb this industry was to listen to his mentors and dive into the winemaking process from the ground-up. With this philosophy in mind, he worked his way up from a cellar intern, to Enologist and Production Manager, and then Assistant Winemaker in 2009.

In 2019, with more than 25 years of experience in the wine industry, he was promoted to Winemaker at Chalk Hill Estate. To Darrell, Chalk Hill is like a second home. He revels over its beauty, diversity, exceptional vineyards, plus its amazing team, and emphasizes that it’s a place at which he truly enjoys working every single day. Throughout his career in the wine industry, he has always loved harvest time at Chalk Hill. His favorite part of the day during harvest is watching the sunrise over Windy Ridge on the estate while processing grapes on the crush pad.

Over the years, he’s learned that patience, planning, site-specific viticulture, balance and consistency, and good people make great wine. When he’s not in the cellar, Darrel enjoys golfing, camping, boating, watching the San Francisco 49ers, and spending time
with his family.

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