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Alex Kanzler
Key Varietals
Pinot Noir, Chardonnay

USA, Russian River Valley


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The Kanzler family was among the first to establish a vineyard in the hills west of Sebastopol, and wineries throughout the region now covet their grapes.

Kim Marcus, Wine Spectator, 2020


Kanzler Vineyards is a small family-owned winery that produces intensely exquisite Pinot Noir in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County.  Steve and Lynda Kanzler were one of the first to plant grapes in the Sebastopol Hills in western Sonoma County on a former apple orchard situated 8 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Their first harvest was in 2000 and they initially sold grapes to wineries including notable names such as Kosta Browne, Landmark, Flowers and Gary Farrell – most of whom remain loyal customers for the coveted Kanzler Pinot Noir. The family has evolved from grape farmers to winemakers. Second-generation vintner Alex Kanzler gained valuable winemaking experience in Sonoma County, Willamette Valley and New Zealand wineries before joining Kanzler Vineyards full-time in 2011 as Winemaker. Alex and his wife Breauna now run the small family business.

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Kanzler Vineyards focuses on making authentic wines, sourced from their own estate vineyard in the Sebastapol hills and local Russian River Valley vineyards grown by farmers who have the same high-quality standards and care for the land as they do. These limited-production wines are handmade by second-generation winemaker Alex Kanzler who was 10 years old when his parents planted the vineyard. The grapes are picked at night, sorted twice and fermented with native yeasts, gently basket-pressed then aged in barrels selected specifically to complement each lot. After 15 months and careful blending, the wines are bottled unfiltered.