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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 at his family’s vineyard became the catalyst to spark his career and with an understanding of viticulture, he 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 his Favia Erickson Winegrowers team. He has had the chance to work and learn from experiences 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.