Our winemaker Spencer Spetnagel found his passion for wine in 2000 as a fine dining server in Atlanta, Georgia while attending college. By 2002 Spencer knew: he was never going to work in a cubicle. He decided to move out West and make his passion his work.
Spencer started his first harvest intern position in 2004 with Ravenswood in Sonoma, California. Ultimately, Ravenswood offered Spencer a full-time position in the cellar, where he learned some of the joys and perils of winemaking over three years.
Next he decided to travel abroad for an Oenology and Viticulture program at Lincoln University in New Zealand. Spencer spent several years traveling around New Zealand, learning from seasoned winemakers in multiple regions. In 2008 Spencer returned to Ravenswood in Sonoma as Vintage Winemaker. In 2009 he took the position of Assistant Winemaker at Bargetto Winery in Santa Cruz, California, the oldest winery in the Santa Cruz Mountains, established in 1933.
From 2012 to 2016, Spencer worked for King Estate in Eugene, Oregon and was promoted to Winemaker during his tenure. While at King Estate, Spencer learned about making wine in Oregon by working with fruit sourced throughout the state.
Spencer joined Durant Vineyards as Winemaker in the summer of 2017, overseeing the final stages of the new winery build-out. Spencer’s inaugural vintage with Durant Vineyards was 2018.