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EFESTĒ, pronounced F-S-T, is an acronym for the winery’s original three founders: Ferrelli, Smith, and Taylor. Their idea to make 2 barrels of wine based on the Ferrelli annual tradition of winemaking has since evolved into a family label.

In the beginning Chris Upchurch came on as consulting winemaker and helped select winemaker Brennon Leighton, a UC Davis graduate with years of Washington winemaking experience, to oversee production. EFESTĒ became a melting pot of ideas, ambition, and talent.

In 2012, Peter Devison joined the team as winemaker, immediately getting accolades for his aromatic white wines. Peter is dedicated to our style of crafting wines with minimalist techniques, such as native fermentation, to encourage complexity and full, rich wines.

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We at EFESTĒ support a cause close to our heart, the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). EFESTĒ supports the LLS through our Rockin’ Sips Event, Tough Guy Merlot and various LLS events throughout the city. We are a small case production winery, so we need to allocate to charity as modestly as possible. We hope someday to give to a broader base of charitable organizations. We are very proud to be a part of one of the most giving communities in the nation! For more information contact angela@efeste.com.

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