Kristina Werner Shideler

Kristina Werner Shideler

Arrowood Vineyards & Winery (Winemaker)

Kristina Werner Shideler was born in San Diego, CA, but grew up mostly in the Midwest. She discovered her profound love of wine, particularly Barolo and Bordeaux blends, upon traveling throughout Western Europe. Academically, she first earned bachelor’s degrees as a double major in Biochemistry and Agricultural Economics at the University of Missouri. She then went on to complete the Masters of Science program in Viticulture & Enology at the University of California, Davis, in 2009.

To gain hands-on experience after graduating, Kristina worked harvests in New Zealand, as well as stints at Niepoort Vinhos in Portugal and Bodega Caelum in Argentina. Returning to the States, she was a harvest intern at Vérité Winery in 2011, moved on to Stonestreet Winery in 2012 as the viticultural enologist and was named the assistant winemaker there two years later. She completed what can only be characterized as a meteoric rise in the wine industry by becoming the winemaker at Arrowood Winery in 2015.

Kristina’s experience with Alexander Valley fruit prior to arriving at Arrowood cemented her passion for making high-end Bordeaux wines from challenging vineyards located at higher elevations in the region. She is committed to vineyard-focused winemaking, where wine balance and expression are achieved in the vineyard rather than by manipulation in the winery. A belief that understanding of terroir, attention to detail, and ultimately intuition, best guides decisions is the foundation of her approach to winemaking. Her passion is for Bordeaux blends that are ageable, complex, and complete, and she most wants to make wine from a vineyard that she loves.

Kristina is an avid gardener, making her own hot sauce, jams, pickles, and other preserves from the seasonal harvest. While she continues to grow and learn through travel, Kristina is extremely proud to call Sonoma County home.