In 1983, George Rubissow and Tony Sargent began planting grapes on their estate on Mount Veeder. Three years later, they established Rubissow-Sargent Winery in Berkeley. Both men were scholars at UC Berkeley before starting their venture. Sargent is also the winemaker, and has been honing his skills since the 1950s.
George’s son, Peter, is in charge of sales and marketing, and his daughter, Ariel, is the vineyard manager. Over the years, Peter and Ariel have also worked in many other aspects of the business including planting, label design, and public relations.
The 18.6 acre estate vineyard is farmed using sustainable techniques that are environmentally friendly. This property is comprised of 8.8 acres of Merlot, 8 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon, and 1.8 acres of Cabernet Franc. The additional 26.8 acres of the property remain heavily forested.
The winery’s current releases include the 2002 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2002 Merlot, 2000 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and 2003 Trompettes (a blend of 65% Cabernet Franc and 35% Merlot).