Anne Moller-Racke

Anne Moller-Racke

Blue Farm Wines (Winegrower and Proprietor)

Anne Moller-Racke, a native of Oberwesel, Germany, came to California in 1981 and became vineyard manager for Buena Vista Carneros Winery in 1983. She was named director of vineyard operations in 1988 and was promoted to vice president of vineyard operations in 1997. During that time, Anne worked intensively with some of the industry's foremost authorities, including Andre Tchelistcheff, Dr. Phil Freese, and Dr. Paul Skinner. She helped establish what is now the Carneros Wine Alliance and brought recognition to Carneros as an American Viticultural Area (AVA).

She was instrumental in developing Buena Vistas Carneros Estate, expanding the planted acreage from 540 in the 1980s to 935 a decade later. In the late 1990s, she replanted over 500 acres, carefully selecting rootstocks, clones, trellising, and irrigation techniques and innovating viticultural practices for each vineyard block.

In 2000, Anne was asked to lead the Donum Estate project as President and Winegrower, developing its 170 acres of estate vineyards, establishing its world-renowned art installations, and finishing a state-of-the-art winery and hospitality center. She stepped away from Donum in mid-2019 to focus on Blue Farm Wines, her own winery. Initially a 10-acre property, Blue Farm has grown to 70 acres of vineyards. Anne brings a vast knowledge of the appellations and sites to her role as wine grower and shepherds the grapes from vine to bottle. Among the varietals she crafts are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.