Winemaker, Peacock Family Vineyard
Winemaker/general manager Craig Becker began his career at Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville. In 1997 he began making wine at Spring Mountain Winery and left there in 2003 to become a full-time consulting winemaker. Today he is both winemaker and general manager at Peacock: ???My goal as a winemaker is to produce exceptional varietal wines which reflect the uniqueness of the vineyard and the microclimate,??? he explains. His other projects include Somerston, Priest Ranch, Highflyer, Kelleher in Oakville, and Balcom Family Cellars.
Country born: United States
Education: BS in Natural Science, Plant Physiology, Soil Science, and the Viticulture and Enology program.
Mentors include Daniel Roberts, David Ramey and Craig McLean
Years in the wine industry: 10-15 years
Get it right in the vineyard, use natural winemaking techniques, native fermentations, just enough oak, and bottle unfiltered.