Margaret (Margi) Wierenga

Margaret (Margi) Wierenga

Winemaker (Emerita)

In the late 1970s Margaret (Margi) Wierenga was a teenager when her father, Burt Williams, started making the first Williams Selyem wines in a bathtub in a basement beneath their garage. (Burt was one of the founders of the Williams Selyem label.) For several years she worked at her father’s winery in Fulton as a volunteer before taking a paid position in 1993 at the Westside Road facility. In between, she worked in different capacities at Hop Kiln Winery in the Russian River Valley.

Margi had always dreamed of owning her own winery. In1998, she decided to follow in her father’s footsteps, and pursued her goal with an initial budget of only $75,000. From the beginning, Brogan Cellars, named after her paternal grandmother, has been an unpretentious, family-run winery. In 2004, her son James joined Brogan, adding a third generation of the Williams family to the winemaking business.

Margi, who crafted age-worthy Pinot Noirs from premium vineyards in the Russian River Valley, Sonoma Coast, and Anderson Valley (her father's Morning Dew Ranch), retired in October 2018, Her last wines are from the 2016 and 2017 vintages.