Her family is California’s First Family of Chardonnay. Most Chardonnay vines planted in the state are from the Wente clone, developed in Livermore Valley at Wente Vineyards by Niki Wente’s family.
So you can imagine Niki has big shoes to fill. But as a 5th generation winegrower, she’s stepping up to the challenge in her role as Viticultural Manager, overseeing vineyards operations and grape growing.
We, the Marys, met up with Niki at the historic Wente Vineyards winery, where we chatted about – and yes sipped – Chardonnay. We also talk about Wente’s commitment to sustainability and continuing the family legacy, in a wine region that has a rich history that rivals Napa Valley and Sonoma County.