winemaker

Karen Culler

Rivera Vineyards Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc  wines are produced by noted winemaker Karen Culler. Karen is a renowned boutique winemaker, distinguished for producing vineyard-designated wines, which not only showcase the vineyard’s unique qualities, but also honor the grower’s efforts in the winemaking process.

Karen’s other clients include Ladera, Wolf, and her own label, Culler Syrah; all have received high scores and accolades by Robert Parker, Wine Spectator, and many other critics.

 

winemaker

Don Surh

In addition to the wines he makes for Rivera Vineyards, Don is the owner and winemaker for Surh Luchtel Cellars and a consultant on a few other projects.  The goal always is to produce age-worthy wines of balance and distinction that emphasizes both the varietal and the vineyard.
 
In his spare time, he works as a bus driver for his kids when he is not roasting coffee, curing, canning, smoking, or anything else involved with food.

 

farming

Ripe grapes sitting in a bin in the vineyard

Pete Richmond of Silverado Farming Company is vineyard manager for Rivera Vineyards. Pete’s boutique vineyard niche is the perfect compliment to a great winemaker. With Karen Culler, Pete works hand in hand on strategy and farms for the very best possible results. Some of Pete’s other clients include Araujo, Harlan Estates, and Ramey Wine Cellars.

 

appellation

A view of the vineyard's valley

Atlas Peak: home to Napa Valley’s most highly elevated, rugged and visually startling landscape. Not for the faint of heart, this immensely challenging and unadulterated region of Northern California Wine Country, has been producing fine wines since 1870. Fruit from the Atlas Peak Appellation is sold to some of the most prestigious wineries in Napa Valley, including Caymus, Cardinale, Cain, ZD, Stags’ Leap Winery, and Stags’ Leap Wine Cellars. Popular Atlas Peak wines include, to name a few, Pahlemeyer, Elan, Stagecoach, and Rivera Vineyards.

 
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Your gift of wine, via Rivera Vineyards, was exceedingly generous and contributed much to the triumph of the evening.

—Nancy and Larry Probst
Chairs
San Francisco Conservatory of Music

 

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