Handwritten Wines are hand crafted wines from the finest fruit of the Napa Valley. We dream of returning to a simpler time when artisans crafted and nurtured their wines. Handwritten Wines is a Yountville Tasting Room located in the heart of town.
Founded by owners Dan & Becky Blue, Roy & Cheri Eisiminger and Vance & Jana Thompson, with the artistic vision of Winemaker Rob Lloyd. In 2015, our owners’ long-time friends Jim & Kelly Mazzo joined our family of vintner partners.
The Handwritten winemaking philosophy shows a commitment to the unique terroir of California and to the potential that lies in growing Old World varieties in a decidedly New World setting. Rob Loyd, our winemaker, uses techniques that allows the fruit to be handled more gently than ever before, slowly coaxing out the truest flavors nature has to offer.
Our team is made up of the true scribes of the Handwritten narrative; each bring a rich and unmistakable character to our terroir. We believe our production team at Handwritten Wines is the best in the Napa Valley. Led by Winemaker Rob Lloyd, these are the artisans who craft our story and give it life.
Our knowledgeable and welcoming staff is here to create exceptional experiences at every level. By guiding you through accessing our allocated wines, to intimate tastings, to acting as your personal concierge when visiting the Napa Valley.
Winemaker Rob Lloyd
Rob’s foray into wine started directly after graduating college, when he came to Napa to work in a tasting room for the summer before getting a “real job”. He became fascinated with wine and the science of winemaking, and began to learn everything he could about the process. While interviewing for a “real job”, the interviewer asked him what he had been doing with his time since graduation. After speaking passionately (and at length) about wine, the interviewer said “You seem to love that so much. Why do you want this job?” Rob realized he didn’t want it, actually. He thanked the man, and thus began a career in the wine industry.
Rob has since earned his MS in Viticulture & Enology from the University of California Davis and worked for many prestigious wineries including Cakebread, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, La Crema and Rombauer. Rob began crafting Handwritten Wines in the 2009 season.
We believe our production team at Handwritten Wines is the best in the Napa Valley. Led by Winemaker Rob Lloyd, these are the artisans who craft our story and give it life. Rob’s team includes, Assistant Winemaker Bernardo Munoz-Alvarez and Cellar Crew Lead Zack Scott.