Behrens and Hitchcock Winery
1993 was the inaugural vintage of Behrens and Hitchcock Winery. The following year, winemaker Les Behrens began buying grapes and renting winemaking facilities in the Napa Valley. He purchased grapes from Staglin Family and Inkgrade Vineyards and began making his well-received Cuvee Lola named after his newborn daughter.
Co-founder Joe Bob Hitchcock is the general manager and handles the business end of things with his wife Lily. Lisa Drinkwood is the vineyard manager and oversees the progress of the many vineyards the winery sources grapes from. She relies on her palate more than lab results to determine when the grapes are physiologically ripe.
In 1999, Behrens and Hitchcock began constructing their own winery in the Spring Mountain wine region. Les used electricity from a back-up generator to make the first vintage in the new facilities that year. They are constantly upgrading the winery and recently added two caves to the property.
Behrens and Hitchcock make many wines under their own label as well as Goldenrod. They buy grapes from all over California and use many different production techniques based on varietal, climate, soil, etc.