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The Wines



As third generation manufacturers, we believe in tradition and take pride in owning a business that has been in our family for almost three-quarters of a century. In our newest venture as winemakers in the Napa Valley, we honor the same traditions as this community in our love for the land as well as our spirit of hospitality. Our wines are our legacy, and we plan to share this passion with our children for generations to come – future stewards of this wonderful land that gifts us our livelihood and craft.

“Our wines are our legacy, and we plan to share this passion with our children for generations to come.”

When we decided to explore the wine industry in 2007, we set out to learn all we could about the making of wine, the growing of grapes, and the business of creating a brand of wine our entire family would be proud of. Making wine that best represents who we are, is what we hope to share with our consumers. Today, all of our wines come from our Vineyard. We work closely with our winemaking team including Winemaker, Andy Erickson, and Vineyard Manager, Mike Wolf. We invite you to join us and be part of this exciting journey with Ellman Family Vineyards.

Neil Ellman

Neil moved to the United States from South Africa at the age of five. Upon graduating from college, Neil lived in Phoenix, Tennessee, and Los Angeles, working for the family mattress manufacturing business. As a third generation manufacturer, Neil continues to be the creative force behind his family business, overseeing sales and marketing. At one point, that business had him residing in California. It was during this time that Neil developed an affinity for Napa and a desire to be in the wine business. He considers himself fortunate to have been able to marry his passion for business and entrepreneurship with his love of great wine. Neil, his wife and two children currently reside in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Lance Ellman

Born in South Africa, Lance was only a baby when the family settled in the United States. After college, Lance entered the family mattress business to work alongside his brother, Neil. Whether he is managing facilities and machinery or crushing grapes, Lance is the operational force behind the success of the family business. Having been exposed to some of the finest wines, Lance knew that one day, there would be an Ellman Family Vineyards that would produce wines from the most distinguished regions in northern California.  Lance, his wife, and two children currently reside in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

Andy Erickson

Andy brings to the winemaking at Ellman Family Vineyards our shared values of family and friendship. His rich understanding of the Napa Valley and his thoughtful approach in the vineyard and cellar, give our wines and our estate the opportunity to grow into the multi-generational, family endeavor we dream of.

Andy’s body of work stands alone in the Napa Valley and is far too long to list here. But his respect for his mentors, his willingness to collaborate with vintners and winegrowers, and his focus on nurturing Napa’s next generation of winemakers are just some of the reasons we are lucky to call Andy our winemaker and friend.


Michael attended Alfred University, in upstate New York, and received a B.A. degree in history. He was first exposed to agriculture after moving to California’s Mendocino County in 1972 where he worked for Mendocino Vineyards Company. An opportunity arose to move to Napa, as a vineyard supervisor of a large agricultural development in Pope Valley. Gaining experience with every aspect of vineyard development and production, Mike was offered a job managing 500 acres of vineyards in Napa Valley for Beckstoffer Vineyards. This position provided the chance to farm some exceptional vineyards, and introduced Mike to many of the valley’s top winemakers. Michael Wolf Vineyard Services was founded in 1997, and provides a full range of vineyard management services. The company has over 40 clients, including independent growers and wineries, representing over 650 acres of vineyards in Napa Valley.


Justin Vazquez

Justin's philosophy is simple: Service in itself is an art form, a way of creating a sense of place. Joining the team with over a decade of experience in the service industry, Justin has honed his skills working with the top hospitality programs in the country. In 2016, he decided to uproot his life in Florida and plant himself in the Napa Valley to continue his pursuit of intimately learning the wine industry and continuing his education with the Court of Master Sommeliers. Justin joined Ellman Family Vineyards in 2018 with the goal to help create a memorable experience that will transcend the time spent here with us in the Napa Valley.