It was 2008. We were standing at the edge of Enos vineyard and on the edge of a big idea.
Three generations. Two growers. One winemaker. Three friends.
Today we are a thriving winery with more than fifteen fine wine brands, located in the Russian River Valley near Sebastopol, California, built on a foundation of our shared passion for wine and a belief that there is always a better way,
Brack Mountain doesn’t follow the pack. We look at things differently, and we’re not afraid to break with convention. We challenge assumptions and turn constraints into solutions. We value hard work and intellectual nimbleness, and we love a challenge.
At the end of the day, we produce age-worthy, handcrafted wines—wines that we love to drink—at every price tier. This is the idea behind Brack Mountain and the measure of our success.
Daniel Fitzgerald, Director of Winemaking
Brack Mountain’s founding Winemaker, Dan Fitzgerald is committed to making elegant, age-worthy wines that reflect the specific site, season and source of their origin. Dan’s deep appreciation for fine craftsmanship and attention to detail, coupled with a life-long love of open spaces, are the root of his attraction to both vineyard and cellar. An artist by nature, Dan’s innate curiosity drives his passion for winemaking, which is fueled by his fierce work ethic.
A Northern California native, Dan lived in Europe for 13 years. This Old World frame of reference developed his affinity for delicately balanced, lower alcohol wines. He began his winemaking career in 2002 in the Dry Creek Valley of Sonoma County, not far from Brack Mountain’s Enos Estate Vineyards. Not content to make wine just once a year, Dan worked back-to-back harvests in two hemispheres over three years before going on to earn a Bachelor’s of Science in Enology from Fresno State University.
Following graduation, Dan worked with Winemaker Bob Cabral at Williams Selyem Winery in the Russian River Valley, rounding out his trifecta of pinot noir and chardonnay winemaking experience at James Halliday’s Coldstream Hills Winery in Australia’s Yarra Valley, and Robert Sinskey Vineyards in Napa Valley.
Before joining Brack Mountain as a Partner and Director of Winemaking, Dan was Head Winemaker at Pellegrini Family Vineyards. Dan sets the direction for Brack Mountain’s winemaking and leads the cellar team with co-Winemaker John Harley. Dan lives in Healdsburg with his wife Barbara, and their three dogs.
John Harley, Winemaker
As a fourth-generation California grape grower, Winemaker John Harley knew his entire life that viticulture would be in his future. When he combined an interest in fermentation science with his dedication to family farming, he discovered his true calling. As a winemaker, John focuses on preserving the distinctive character of each site as he vinifies the separate blocks, identifying the signature qualities of each and what they bring to the final assemblage.
While studying Enology at Cal State Fresno, John began his winemaking career at Wild Horse Winery on the Central Coast, and then transitioned to studying at Changins University of Enology & Viticulture in Nyons, Switzerland to gain an Old-World perspective.
Upon graduating in 2008, John worked at the prestigious Donum Estate in Carneros as Assistant Winemaker and then went to Arcana, a start up winery where he made Ottimino in addition to several other award-winning wines. In 2012, John joined Brack Mountain as Winemaker working alongside Dan Fitzgerald in the cellar to lead the winemaking team. John lives in Healdsburg along with his wife Kirsti and their son Theo.
Jason Enos, Founder
After 25 years of building businesses, Brack Mountain Wine Company Founder Jason Enos has found a home in wine country. Beginning with the first harvest from his Dry Creek Valley estate vineyard in 2005, Jason crafted a vision for a different kind of wine company built on innovation and streamlined operations. After launching Brack Mountain in 2008, Jason has worked to bring that vision to reality and leads a team in producing age-worthy, handcrafted wines at every price point. Jason lives in Marin with his wife and three children.
Chris Fitzgerald, Founder
For the past decade Chris has focused on growing, making and understanding wine. A native Californian, he has lived in rural Northern California most of his life except for a 14-year stint in Europe.
Chris’s professional life is anchored in the realm of ideas. An active partner in a creative consulting firm, he has had the privilege of working with some of the world’s most admired companies, building communications strategy around products, services and events focused on their customers, stakeholders and employees. The idea of launching a new kind of wine company resonated with Chris’s insatiable drive to make things work better.
He lives in Sonoma County’s Dry Creek Valley, and along with his wife, Honore Comfort, owns Nous Deux Vineyard, the birthplace of Bench wines.