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: Bibiana
Education: Diploma of Oenology with honors from the University of Bordeaux
Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years
Honors / Awards:
San Francisco Chronicle Winemaker of the Year 2015
"With preparation and understanding, you know how to respond to each vineyard block," Bibiana explains. "It goes beyond data and details, there is a feeling - a relationship a winemaker develops with the vineyard that produces the magical result of exceptional wines."