Tyler Grace, the fourth great-grandson of Lewis, and how he 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 Grace Patriot 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.