Originally from Philadelphia, our Winemaker and Vineyard Manager, Stephen Goff, was exposed to fine wine while bartending at the Palladium restaurant on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania during his senior year of college. After moving to San Francisco and exploring the Napa and Sonoma valleys, he quit his day job as a book publisher and decided to work harvest at Carneros Creek in the fall of 1998. This decision sparked Stephen’s affinity for Pinot Noir, and it led him to the Enology and Viticulture program at Fresno State University.
After graduating from Fresno State in 2001, Stephen and his then fiancée Laura relocated to the Willamette Valley where he accepted the position of Assistant Winemaker at Beaux Frères. After working six vintages at Beaux Frères, he joined Joe and Vicki Stark in 2008 as the Winemaker and Vineyard Manager for Colene Clemens. Stephen has been the only Winemaker and Vineyard Manager at Colene Clemens, and he oversees all winery and vineyard activities. He is responsible for the planting and development of more than half of Colene Clemens 62 planted acres.
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