Flying taught me to read the weather. Farming taught me to plan for the weather. The weather bears each vintage along its path, always to a new destination.
Winemaker + Founder
Wine isn’t my second career. It’s not my hobby. I didn’t make my money in tech or as a hedge fund investor. Winemaking is what I was meant to do. It’s my profession. I went to UC Davis at eighteen to study wine and grapes. My only jobs have been in vineyards, labs and cellars. What is in the bottle is the result of years of work, not some whim.
My grandfather, my father, my uncles are all aviators. I too became a pilot. Winemaking, like flying, requires detail and precision, but instincts to handle the unexpected. I traveled the world, from New Zealand to Oregon to Chile to Tasmania, learning how to make the best Pinot Noir possible.
Designer + Brand Manager
You can find me cleaning barrels or designing wine labels, I love being a part of the entire process from soil to sample. Trained as a graphic designer at Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, I have an interest in details, process and craft.
My background includes a decade of experience with nonprofit and cause-based brands, advertising agencies and start-ups, from New York City to Los Angeles. I continue to design and direct creative work, while living the dream of building our estate vineyard and homestead.
Pat Carter (bottom right) as a TWA flight attendant in 1967.
Captain Nick Carter (top right) flew commercially for almost 40 years, for both TWA and American Airlines. His brothers and father were all pilots.
Weatherborne's first vintage was made evenings and weekends; soon our winework will be all-consuming. We have purchased 30 acres, near Philo, in the Anderson Valley of California. Abandoned apple trees and open grassy knolls are all that remain of an old orchard and sheep pasture, perched above the Navarro River across from the old growth redwoods of Hendy Woods State Park.
We will soon establish an estate vineyard, rehab the apple orchard, fight back the blackberries and plant our own roots. We are so excited to finally have a place called home, for ourselves and our little one. Onward and upward!