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John Faulkner / Winemaker

John Faulkner is a native Californian who grew up in Santa Barbara. The draw to wine has long been in his blood as his Grandfather is a noted wine historian. While at UC Berkeley, John fleshed out these passions more significantly by arranging classes taught on various aspects of wine. His professional winemaking background started with his first cellar job under Kathy Joseph of Fiddlehead Cellars in Lompoc and then to the south of France. He ultimately landed back in Lompoc and the Sta. Rita Hills working with Sashi Moorman and Rajat Parr for the past eleven years as their Head Winemaker. In addition to his roles as Winemaker for Domaine De La Côte, Sandhi and Piedrasassi, John joined the Pence Vineyard team in 2013 and has brought his wealth of experience and knowledge to our program.