“Handcrafted wine is a journey that is rooted in the vineyard.”
- Cathy MacGregor
Cathy MacGregor founded Windemere Winery in 1977 to honor her father, the late Andy MacGregor. Andy pioneered the establishment of the Edna Valley AVA when he planted the region’s first vineyard in 1975. Prior to creating Windemere, Cathy was the assistant winemaker at both La Crema and Grgich Hills in Napa Valley.
With her heritage tied to the vineyard and the label she created, letting go of Windemere didn’t come easy for MacGregor. In 2006, Cathy retired after 35 years in the wine industry and left Nancy and Craig Stoller to run the next generation of vintages at the winery. With their nursery background and keen passion for winemaking, Cathy knew the Stollers would continue the brand with utmost respect for its roots.
After completing vineyard analysis and repairs, the Stollers revived Windermere with their first vintage in 2009 in addition to drawings for a new winery in hand. Their primary goal is to maintain the historical integrity of the vineyard established by MacGregor. They plan to begin construction of a new tasting room/facility atop the prominent hill in the coming years. The heritage vineyard continues to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and is a gem amongst vineyards in the heart of Edna Valley.