About the winemaker

cristina gonzales winemaker

In 2004, Cristina Gonzales tasted a silky, lush Malbec that forever changed the course of her life. 

She was volunteering in South America, and during a trip through Mendoza, Cristina encountered her first distinct food and wine experience: an Argentine steak paired with Malbec. The steak was prepared before her eyes, and the wine was unforgettable. This magical dynamic between food, wine, and friends provided the seeds of inspiration for Gonzales Wine Company. 

Fueled by her newfound passion for wine, Cristina got a job in a winery tasting room and then in the cellar of White Oak Vineyards in Healdsburg, California. She worked her first harvest in 2006, and went on to work in cellars throughout Australia, Tasmania, Oregon, and California. A decade of hands-on experience later, Cristina began making wines under her own label. 

A single mother, Latina, and self-taught entrepreneur, Cristina resides in Portland with her son, Julian, and Bean, her blue heeler. 

Cristina in South America, 2002

Cristina in South America, 2002

 

Gonzales Wine Company

Winemaker Cristina with Julian and Bean

Winemaker Cristina with Julian and Bean

Gonzales Wine Company works with heart and the firm belief that everyone should have access to quality wines. Not just Two-Buck Chuck—we’re talking elegant, old-world style wine delicious enough to enjoy alone, yet dynamic enough to pair with food. 

Our wines are made naturally, with no added yeasts and minimal sulfur, in the heart of Santa Rosa. Because the most important work is done in the vineyard, Cristina works closely with the organic, sustainable vineyards of Northern California to raise fruit meeting her vision and specifications. 

To explore our wine offerings, visit our Shop Wine page. If you'd like to connect with Cristina about her wines and / or possibly carrying them, please reach out on our Contact page.