After some persuasion, David convinced Vance Rose that the Lovall Valley vineyard was exceptional and from that collaboration we now have the Grieve Family Winery Sauvignon Blanc!
David and Kathleen Grieve
David grew up in Michigan, went to college in Texas and started his career in commercial real estate in San Francisco, certainly never thinking he would end up being a world-class producer of Sauvignon Blanc, or any other wine for that matter. In 2002, David and his wife Kathleen bought a house on 10 acres in the middle of Lovall Valley and relocated to Sonoma. Adjacent to the house was a Sauvignon Blanc vineyard on 60 acres of land. At the time David and Kathleen were not Sauvignon Blanc fans, but every evening they would look over the vineyard admiringly. David began to walk the vineyard and taste the fruit, which led him to start buying many different Sauvignon Blancs. Soon he was well versed on Sauvignon Blanc from California. The only thing left was to buy the vineyard, which they did in 2004. David, with the help of a friend made a small quantity of wine each year and sold the rest of the fruit to a select few, high quality producers. These producers had such great success in wines produced with Grieve fruit, David decided to pursue making the wine for their own family label. David and Kathleen continue to live on the property in Napa County with their teenaged sons, Henry and Michael.
At the age of 18 (then the legal drinking age) Vance had his first great wine and learned there were more than four types of wine, as he had thought previously: white, red, pink and sparkling. Since that time (over 31 years) Vance has been seeking, selling and producing wine all over the world. Having traveled to all the great wine producing regions of the world and doing business in most of them, Vance was introduced to what he considered the greatest American Sauvignon Blanc vineyard, the Grieve Family Vineyard. Producing the Grieve Family Winery Sauvignon Blanc with David, Vance believes Lovall Valley will become synonymous with the best of American Sauvignon Blanc. Vance lives in Sonoma, CA with his wife, Kelly.