In 1998, Margaret “Margi” Wierenga and her husband Mike established Brogan Cellars. Along with her ownership duties, Margi is also the winemaker. She is from an impressive viticultural pedigree. Her father, Burt Williams, was one of the founders of the venerable Williams Selyem label during the late 1970s.
In her youth, Wierenga worked with her father followed by employment at Hop Kiln Winery in the Russian River Valley AVA. She always dreamed of owning her own winery, and pursued her goal with an initial budget of only $75,000. From the beginning, Brogan has been an unpretentious, family-run winery.
Wierenga buys grapes from some outstanding properties including Lone Redwood Ranch, Morning Dew Ranch (owned by Burt Williams), Teldeschi Vineyards, Centanni Ranch, Lingenfelder, Summa Vineyard, and Benovia Vineyards. Brogan Cellars makes Zinfandel, Syrah, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, but is probably most renowned for Pinot Noir.
The 2005 My Father’s Vineyard Pinot Noir is a widely anticipated wine that Margi made from fruit grown by her father. It was aged in 50% new French oak for 15 months. Only 150 cases of this wine were produced.