Napa Wine Company: California
Bonded Winery #9
Steeped in history, generations of grape growers and winemakers have
crafted wines since 1877 at the facility now owned by Napa Wine Company.
Location certainly plays a part. The winery is ideally
situated in Oakville, the near geographic center of Napa Valley, and
right on Highway 29, the main north-south route. The custom crush facility
is also "home" to many of Napa Valley's leading winemakers.
But history is crafted by people, and the grape growers
and winemakers associated with Napa Wine Company help tell the history
of Napa Valley itself.
Andrew Hoxsey, Managing Partner
Hoxsey, managing partner, is a fourth generation grape
grower who spent the summers of his youth hauling grapes
from his grandfather's Yountville vineyards to Napa Valley
Through the dust and dirt, lean times and good times,
Hoxsey learned the wine industry literally from the ground
up. His philosophical bent toward wine growing, as opposed
to grape growing, reflects this intimate relationship
between the quality of farming and the quality in the
bottle. No doubt this approach was established early
in life, echoing the sentiments of his grandfather, Andrew
Pelissa, who farmed organically decades before the concept became fashionable.
After his 1978 graduation from the University of California,
Davis with a degree in Agricultural Economics/Business Management, Hoxsey
pursued a long-standing passion for flying by working for Bank of America's
Air Courier Division.
In 1984, at his grandfather's suggestion, Hoxsey returned
full-time to the family business, which led to the acquisition of the
Napa Wine Co. in 1993. With the purchase of the ninth bonded winery
in the state, the Pelissa Family now had a place to make its own wines.
Hoxsey, his family and team of winemakers and winegrowers
have built the Napa Wine Co. into not only the leading custom crush
facility in the Napa Valley, but also an emerging wine brand, whose
brand name and logo honor the company's history.
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Kristi Koford, Production Winemaker
Born in Berkeley and raised primarily
outside the US as her father traveled the world studying
wild animal behavior, Kristi Koford’s
intention when studying biology at UC Santa Cruz was to follow in her
father’s footsteps. Instead, she found herself attempting
to grow wild mushrooms on a farm in Lodi. When not mushrooming,
she worked in the vineyard, pruning, picking, driving farm machinery
and making wine. This led to her first real job in the wine industry
as a microbiologist for Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville. Under
the tutelage of Zelma Long and the “University of Mondavi,” she
became Senior Enologist, directing the work in the cellar and laboratory. After
ten years, she took four years off and, with her husband, built a hand
made timber frame house in the Oakville hills. She returned to
wine work as Assistant Winemaker when St Supery Winery opened in 1988
then as Winemaker at Alderbrook Winery in 1997. She joined the
staff of Napa Wine Company in 2001 as Production Winemaker.
“Napa Wine Company’s unique mission and client base gives
me the opportunity to exercise my technical knowledge and resource management
skills in a mutually beneficial and fulfilling way. I am also
using my early multicultural experiences and behavioral studies in ways
I never envisioned. Life, like wine, proceeds in mysterious ways.”
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Wine Company is like one big house with one big winemaking family – it
has always amazed me that with so many producers production always
goes off without a hitch, and we all have a good time.”
Michael Pozzan – Michael Pozzan Winery