Our Wine Maker

Sonja’s approach to wine making combines a lifetime of learning about exquisite flavors, travels and experiences. Sonja believes the story is in the grapes, the harvest and the season. Her goal is to create vibrant, balanced and approachable wines using the basic ingredients of premium fruit from Santa Rita Hills, Santa Barbara County and Santa Ynez Valley – along with hard work.

Sonja is also the Owner/Winemaker of Casa Dumetz wine in Los Alamos – known for handcrafted small –lot productions. Casa Dumetz wines include; Grenache, Grenache Rose, Gewurztraminer, Syrah, Syrah Rose, Viognier and Roussanne.

Sonja shares our desire to make El Rey Wine a wine sought after by a loyal following. Our wine has a consistent style that is restrained and elegant, with no overt fruit or oak and ages very well. Sonja is a great addition to the heritage of El Rey Wine.