Winemaker, Dalla Valle Vineyards
Andy Erickson has lived and worked in Napa Valley since 1994, and has strived to develop his winemaking and viticultural skills, and to improve the quality of grapes and wines for a number of vineyards and wineries.
Andy is a true believer in the concept of terroir, and his main focus is is to understand and maximize the unique qualities that allow each vineyard to produce wines that express something special and authentic. He is engaged in every aspect of the process, from grape growing to bottling, and works to keep things in focus.
Andy has a Master's degree in Enology from University of California in Davis, as well as a BS in Political Science from Tufts University. He has worked with wineries in California, Chile, Argentina and South Africa.
Country born: United States
Education: Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, Tufts University, 1989
Master of Science, Enology, University of California, Davis 2000
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
As a winemaker, my goal is to highlight the character of each of the unique vineyard sites with which I work, whether at my clients' estate vineyards, or the vineyards that produce our own Favia wines. Experiences gained from a summer in France during university, and many subsequent trips to winegrowing regions in Europe, have fueled my enthusiasm for the concept of "terroir" as well as for wines made from special places. While I am fortunate enough to travel and work with wineries in other parts of the world, I feel incredibly lucky to call Napa Valley my home, and am constantly marveled by the diversity of soils and microclimates in this small but diverse valley.