The daughter of a château owner. A sommelier. A golfer. The son of a photographer…There’s a lot of young talent in the wine business, coming from different directions. These 30 are rising to the top.
We canvassed our colleagues in the world of wine to find the most creative and accomplished young talent in wine today. All of them are 30 years old or younger; some of them make wine, while others sell it. All of them are names to know: This is the next generation in wine.
Back in California, he enlisted his uncle, Andrew Avellar, a vineyard consultant, to help find land for a winery. Avellar lit on a former turkey farm outside the town of Sonoma. It looked like a long shot—the place had been on the market for three years, marred by the dilapidated turkey sheds and burnt-out soils—but Mariani discovered that it had been a vineyard in the 1860s and decided to coax the land back into farmable shape. Now he works with his brother, Adam, who’s done stints in France (at Guigal in the Rhône Valley) and South Africa. Together they’ve recreated Andrew’s Grecian idyll with a distinctly California vibe: Thirty-five acres of vines interspersed with vegetable gardens, fruit trees, beehives and various animals, backed by 150 acres of protected native forest. They call it Scribe.
Parties are essential to Scribe’s mission, in fact; that the Marianis happen to make dynamite pinot noir and chardonnay is almost incidental. “The vineyard and winery site we want to be so much more than just a place where wine gets put into a bottle,” Andrew says. “It’s a platform to reflect on what is good and pleasurable about the culture in California.”