Frey Wine Makers
Frey’s first winemaker, eldest child Jonathan Frey, fermented his first batch of wine with grapes from the family vineyard in 1979. Jonathan plunged in, reading extensively and picking the brains of local winemakers, in particular Phil Coturri. His experience and research resulted in Frey Vineyards' commitment to make organic wine without added sulfites or other synthetic preservatives.
Jonathan's brother Paul Frey joined as an assistant in the late 1980s and soon Paul became our head winemaker, with Jonathan still involved in research, consulting, and blending. Through collaboration with winemakers across the globe, Paul keeps up-to-date on the latest in modern winemaking as well as studying ancient wisdom, helping him create consistent, award-winning organic wines. He is considered a leader in the field of sulfite-free techniques. All stages of our winemaking occur on our premises and Paul oversees grape crushing, pressing, fermentation and bottling.
Jonathan’s daughter, Eliza Frey, joined the winemaking team in 2005. Carrying a background in chemistry from Warren Wilson College in North Carolina, Eliza assists her uncle Paul in all aspects of winemaking. Eliza also works closely with our growers, assisting them with their organic certification and sugar-testing their fruit to ensure we purchase only the highest quality certified organic grapes.