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Wayfarer Comes of Age

By Cleo Pahlmeyer, March 21, 2014

My father Jayson has always chased after his dreams, forever willing to take a risk for something he truly believes in. This tenacity, this pluck, is what drives the success of our family winery.  Of course, Cabernet Sauvignon is his first love, but Pinot Noir won his heart in the late 1990s. While in search of a Grand Cru Burgundy vineyard of his own, Jayson’s good friend and then-Pahlmeyer winemaker Helen Turley introduced him to an organic family farm down the road from her Marcassin vineyard. 

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The road to Wayfarer

Wayfarer Farm was in the middle of nowhere, off the grid, without a dedicated water source, and yet to be planted to a single vine.  Still, Jayson instantly saw what Helen saw: a breathtaking site that had all the elements to produce Grand Cru-quality fruit.

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The farm's original sign

After purchasing the property and planting 30 acres of vines in 2002, our first harvest of fruit came from the 2005 vintage and was blended into Pahlmeyer’s Sonoma Coast Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Over the next several vintages as the vines matured, the Wayfarer lots became more expressive and soulful. Jayson knew it was time to push the limits of just how complex this fruit could be - and just how extraordinary the wines could be.

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Wayfarer Pinot Noir

In 2012, Jayson recruited Bibiana González Rave to manage every decision in the vineyard and every step of the winemaking. He knew Bibiana’s fire and expertise were exactly what was needed for Wayfarer’s coming of age. Wayfarer was ready for a label all its own.

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Bibiana González Rave

And, here we are, a few months from our debut release of Wayfarer wines from the 2012 vintage. I am thrilled to work so closely with my dad and Bibiana, and to lead the charge for these amazing wines. What an extraordinary journey so far, and what a brilliant road ahead! 

I can’t wait to share these wines with you. Join the Wayfarer mailing list. We will secure your allocation and ensure you are among the first to taste this far-reaching vision come to life.

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