Thomas George Estates
Thomas George Estates Winery is an artisan Russian River Valley producer of small lot, vineyard designated wines with a focus on Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. These artisan wines are 100% estate grown, handmade in small lots in a style that emphasizes balance, brightness and terroir-inspired sophistication. The winery is located to the east of Thomas George Estates, providing a compelling and dynamic array of Estate fruit from which to its produce it small lot bottlings.
Thomas George Estates was founded in 2008 by the Thomas Baker family who have dedicated themselves to establishing a world-class winery focused on site-specific Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays grown in the cool heart of the Russian River Valley. To realize this vision, the Baker family has assembled an estate program that includes four distinct and coveted vineyards—Baker Ridge, Starr Ridge, Cresta Ridge and Sons & Daughters Ranch.
Thomas George Estates includes four distinct and coveted vineyards—Baker Ridge, Starr Ridge, Cresta Ridge and Sons & Daughters Ranch. Offering a diversity of microclimates, soil types, exposures, vine age and clonal material, these exceptional vineyard sites provide Thomas George Estates with a complex palette of fruit from which to craft its limited- production wines.
John Wilson, Head Winemaker at Thomas George Estates, was born in Berkeley, California and grew up in nearby Orinda. After completing high school he attended University of Colorado at Boulder where he studied Spanish Literature and Economics. His passion however for food and agriculture ignited his interest in wine and led John to take a position as a Harvest Intern in 2005 at Blankiet Estate. Certain that a life in winemaking was for him, John then secured the position of Cellar Master under Thomas Brown at Outpost wines, where he remained from 2006-2010, interrupted only by an internship in Argentina under Paul Hobbs. These experiences paid off and, feeling the desire to focus on Pinot Noir, John was able to land the prestigious position of Assistant Winemaker at Littorai Wines, under acclaimed winemaker Ted Lemmon, where he worked from 2010-2014. Having learned from some of California’s best winemakers, the time came for John to run his own cellar, and Thomas George Estates was lucky enough to bring him onboard in time for harvest in 2014.