The Rippey family are fourth generation Napa natives who have seen first hand the remarkable transformation of the Napa Valley over the last 50 years. Nathan and Tyson first stomped Petite Sirah grapes in their grandfather’s St. Helena garage as children, which was a formative experience for them both. When their dad, Dennis, transitioned from construction and land development to the wine business, it wasn’t long before he enlisted his sons to help in the endeavor, who had both been learning about wine by working in some of Napa and the Bay Area’s best restaurants.
Their initial foray into the business was Lodi Vintners, which is a custom crush facility that occupies the oldest still functioning winery in Lodi. After several years of learning the ins and outs of the business, including growing more and more of their own grapes, they broke ground on a second custom crush facility, Carneros Vintners in Sonoma. After having over twenty-five years of experience making wines for customers both big and small, they decided it was time to launch their own wine brand utilizing the considerable knowledge they have gained working along side some of Northern California’s best wineries and winemakers.
The resulting wine brand is Rippey Family Vineyards, which is the culmination of the family’s experience in the industry, utilizing their fruit sources and made at their own facilities.