Elizabeth Grant-Douglas

Elizabeth Grant-Douglas

WindRacer (Winemaker)

Elizabeth Grant-Douglas first earned a degree in Economics at the University of Waterloo before switching gears entirely to focus on the art and skill of winemaking. She was fascinated by the unique challenges of making wine from grapes grown in cooler climates, and in 2000 she became one of the first to graduate from the newly introduced Cool Climate Oenology and Viticulture (CCOVI) program at Brock University located in the Niagara Region of Ontario.

After graduation from Brock, Elizabeth worked for a brief time in Niagara before moving to eastern Washington State to do a harvest at Columbia Crest. She then relocated to La Crema Winery in the Russian River Valley in 2001, where she was an Enologist. Working with noted winemaker Melissa Stackhouse, she was promoted first to assistant winemaker and then to associate winemaker. Elizabeth was named winemaker in 2010. She subsequently moved on to become the winemaker at Maggy Hawk in Mendocino and at WindRacer in Sonoma, both of which are members of the Jackson Family Wines Collection, as is La Crema.

Elizabeth’s journey of discovery and craftsmanship continues as her relationship with the gorgeous Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fruit of California’s coastal wine regions evolves. She finds her work exhilarating and enjoys that it is constantly changing with the seasons. At Maggy Hawk, she produces award-winning single-vineyard Pinot Noirs and focuses on Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs at WindRacer.

Elizabeth has found that her CCOVI degree is easily accepted at U.S. wineries. Her current employer wanted someone with cool-climate experience, so the focus of her degree provided a very good match.

Elizabeth lives in Sonoma County with her family. Her interests include cooking, gardening, and running.