Bibiana González Rave
Bibiana Gonzalez Rave brings an adventurous spirit, international perspective and deep passion to her role as winemaker. Trained in Bordeaux, she earned her Diploma of Oenology with honors from the University of Bordeaux. Bibiana went on to work at Chateau Haut-Brion, La Mission Haut-Brion and Chateau la Dominique in Bordeaux, as well as other wineries across France including Michel & Stephane Ogier, Domaine Clusel-Roch, Domaine du Scheidecker, Domaine du Devevey. She has made wine in California for the past two decades, for wineries including Lynmar Estate, Peay Vineyards, Au Bon Climat and Qupe. In 2012, she joined Pahlmeyer to grow and make the Wayfarer Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the winery's estate vineyard on the extreme Sonoma Coast.
"I consider it to be a privilege to be a part of the next thirty years of the Pahlmeyer legacy," says Bibiana. "Our goal is to honor the exceptional fruit we have the advantage of working with grapes from our longtime grower partners and from our estate vineyard. The whole winemaking team is driven by details. We treat every single block as a different entity, giving laser focus to its unique quality and tailoring our winemaking to enhance its individual personality. As it is in Bordeaux, at Pahlmeyer we believe that when we understand the distinct components of each varietal, each block, we are able to blend for full, powerful expression of Napa Valley."
From her global experience, Bibiana considers Napa Valley one of the finest places in the world to make wine. "There are no limits here," she says." Nobody can deny that Napa Valley is one of the most exciting appellations in the world. And with the resources of Pahlmeyer - the best vineyards, the best vineyard crew, the best winemaking team - we are uniquely qualified to make wines that truly represent the best of this region."
Country born: Colombia
Education: Enology degree from the University of Bordeaux and BTS Viticulture-Enology from Cognac
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
Honors / Awards:
San Francisco Chronicle Winemaker of the Year 2015
40 under 40 in 2015 by Wine Enthusiast
Pahlmeyer is devoted to making Napa Valley wines that will "drop you to your knees" - this was Jayson Pahlmeyer's dream when he founded Pahlmeyer in 1986. Today we farm our 72-acre mountain-top Estate Vineyard in the Atlas Peak Appellation, and also work intimately with growers of mountain vineyards up and down Napa Valley. Pahlmeyer strives to make vintage-driven wines that continually exceed expectations on wine quality, with a serious potential for aging.