Jesse Katz’s love and respect for the great wine houses and winemaking regions of the world was shaped well before he began making wine.  By the time he graduated high school in Boulder, Colorado, he had already traveled to the most famous winemaking regions in the world, visiting sixty countries while following the works of his well known photographer father, Andy Katz. It was his trips to Burgundy, Tuscany, Napa, and Sonoma that ignited Jesse’s appreciation for great wine and regional terroir. His stays at Chateau Mouton Rothschild, Argiano, Sassaccia, and Domaine Leflaive left him with fond memories of playing in the vineyards and cellars of these legendary wine houses.


After working at Fess Parker Winery in Los Olivos when he was 18, Jesse’s desire to become a winemaker was solidified.  He was inspired by the complex relationship between unpredictable nature and precise science, which led him to pursue a Bachelor of Science degree in Enology and minor in Chemistry from Fresno State University.  Following graduation, he immersed himself in the hands-on work of winemaking, studying and practicing in varied terriers and under phenomenally talented and well respected leaders of the industry.


Jesse worked in Argentina with Hans Vinding-Diers, winemaker at Bodega Noemia in Patagonia and with Paul Hobbs in Mendoza at Viña Cobos. His experience in California includes work for Bob Foley at Hourglass and at Screaming Eagle, working alongside renowned winemaker Andy Erickson.  He even had the opportunity to study at some of the great Chateaux in Bordeaux like Pètrus and Haut-Brion.   As the youngest hired head winemaker in the US, Jesse oversaw production for both Lancaster Estate and Roth Estate, bringing to bear his handcrafted style of terroir driven winemaking in producing their most highly acclaimed wines ever.  In addition to making all wines for The Setting, Jesse also produces Aperture Cellars, a collaborative project with his father and the 100% allocated wines for his cult brand, Devil Proof Vineyards.



Jesse has been honored with numerous awards over the years including:





• Wine Enthusiast “40 Under 40: America’s Tastemakers” - Wine Enthusiast Magazine, April 2013






• Forbes “30 Under 30: Food and Drink” - Forbes Magazine, January 2014






• The Drinks Business “30 Under 40: Winemakers to Watch” - The Drinks Business, January 2014






• North Bay Business Journal “40 Under 40: Most Outstanding Young Business and Community Leaders in the North Bay” - North Bay Business Journal, April 2015






• Wine and Spirits “30 Under 30: Wine Innovators” - Wine and Spirits Magazine



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