Vanessa Wong

Vanessa Wong

Peay Vineyards (Winemaker)

Vanessa Wong, a native of San Francisco, was initiated into the wine business by working in wine retail and catering. This early exposure to the world of wine and its distinctive yet universal appeal sparked her fascination with winemaking. This, in turn, led her to pursue a degree from the University of California, Davis, where she received a B.S. in Viticulture and Enology.

She expanded on her studies by working at several wineries in the Napa Valley and spending one year in France to study enology and do research at the l’Institut d’Œnologie in Bordeaux. Following these experiences, she traveled between Europe and Australia to explore the diversity of winemaking, returning twice to France to work at Château Lafite-Rothschild in Pauillac and Domaine Jean Gros in Vosne-Romaneée. When she returned to California, she served as enologist at Franciscan Oakville Estates before going to Peter Michael Winery in Caligosta, CA, where she made wine from the 1996 to 2000, first as assistant winemaker and later as winemaker.

Vanessa joined Peay Vineyards for their first vintage in 2001. Together with Andy and Nick Peay, Vanessa shares the vision of farming grapes on the Sonoma Coast and making wines that are expressive of its unique climate. Peay farms and produces Pinot Noir, Syrah, Chardonnay, Viognier, and a blend of Roussanne/Marsanne.