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Patrick Nyeholt ASSISTANT WINEMAKER

Patrick was born and raised in North County, San Diego. He went on to attend college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, where he earned his bachelor’s degree in Agricultural Business with an emphasis in Wine and Viticulture. Throughout his college career, he spent the summers working at his family’s vineyard, Shake Ridge Vineyards, in the Sierra Foothills. The work he did there served as the catalyst to spark his career. With an understanding of viticulture, Patrick eventually shifted his focus to winemaking. He gained experience through previous vintages in Napa Valley, San Luis Obispo, South Africa, and New Zealand.

In 2011, Patrick moved to Napa Valley to begin working with Andy Erickson as part of the Favia Erickson Winegrowers team. He enhanced his winemaking skills through his work with Favia Wines, Dancing Hares Vineyard, Arietta Wines, Marciano Estate, and Hine Ranch. Now, with Ellman Family Vineyards, he looks to continue to discover the personal character of each specific vineyard site while making timeless, expressive wines to be shared with all.