Wynne Solomon

Wynne Solomon

Peake Ranch Vineyard (Winemaker)

Wynne Solomon grew up in Windsor, California, in the heart of Sonoma County. She was surrounded by the wine culture, but it was not part of her family’s day-to-day life. When Wynne was in high school, her mother, a teacher, said that if she was going to college, she needed to explore job options. The two of them ultimately visited Korbel Winery, and when they went into the cellar, Wynne knew that her future would be in the wine industry.

Chemistry was her favorite class in high school, and this, combined with her enjoyment of cooking, set the stage for a career in winemaking. She earned a B.S. degree in the Wine and Viticulture program at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, while also doing intern/apprenticeship work at Stephen Ross Wine Cellars in the Edna Valley, where she remained for two years after graduation.

The experience of tasting wines produced from fruit originating in Santa Barbara County convinced Wynne that her destiny was there, so she joined Melville Winery in Lompoc. It was at Melville that she became deeply involved with the role of viticulture in producing the fruit that results in fine wines. This experience served her well when she became the assistant winemaker at Peake Ranch Vineyard in 2018 and winemaker in the following year.

Wynne enjoys being at a winery that is detail oriented and cutting edge. The wines being produced are in the traditional Burgundian style, with the Chardonnay being barrel fermented and the Pinot Noir being aged in barrels for eighteen months. The goal is wines that are approachable at a young age. Her overall vision for Peake Ranch is to focus on the unique attributes of the area while emphasizing balance in her wines.

When not engaged at the winery, Wynne enjoys hiking, rock climbing, practicing yoga, and running. Like many winemakers, she like to cook, truly appreciating great food, coffee, and of course wine.