Tyler and Trevor Grace, the fourth great-grandsons of Lewis, and how they got so good at making wine.
Tyler started with an Earth Science degree from Dartmouth, but, after a brief stint as a field geologist, he decided to go back to school to earn a degree in enology and viticulture from Fresno State. After graduation, he began a year of traveling and working around the world. From Heitz Cellars in Napa to Coonawarra, Australia, Tyler’s ‘endless harvest’ allowed him the opportunity to repeatedly work under seasoned winemakers during the most critical stage in a wine’s development.
When Tyler came back, he dedicated several years to hands-on winemaking as an enologist at Quail Ridge Winery in Rutherford and then as assistant winemaker at Bell Cellars in Yountville where he gained experience working with a range of varieties, including Merlot, Cabernet Franc, Chardonnay, and Viognier. He specialized in Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah.
Tyler came to El Dorado County in 2007 to help establish the family vineyard and winery. He concurrently worked at a local, well-established winery and was exposed to traditional winemaking styles and a hand-tended technique needed for small-lot, boutique wines.
Today, Tyler concentrates exclusively on Lewis Grace wines. His winemaking style is a reflection of his experience in both Napa Valley and the Sierra Foothills; a combination that lends itself to the production of high-quality, designer wines.
Trevor holds a masters in viticulture and enology from the University of California, Davis. He has worked as a winemaker in El Dorado and Amador County for the last 10 years. Trevor has intimate experience with over thirty different grape varieties, and he is working on mastering the subtleties of high elevation winemaking.