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Vaughn Duffy - Garagiste Wine

Annual production rounds out at 1,000 cases

Vaughn Duffy Wines is the result of a desire to do something that Matt Duffy and wife Sara Vaughn weren’t sure was possible. It all started when the couple was living in San Francisco and Matt was working at Bacchus & Venus, a specialty wine shop and tasting room in Sausalito, California. Matt would often bring home a leftover bottle or two, and he and Sara would enjoy the incredible wines in their tiny apartment. They fell in love with Pinot Noir and dreamed of one day making their own.

In 2007, Matt and Sara moved to Sonoma to start a new life - to get more space, some sun, and to be closer to prime Pinot Noir wine country. Matt took a harvest internship position at Siduri and then landed a job at Vinify, a custom crush facility in Santa Rosa full of people who were living out their own winemaking dreams. Here, Matt was exposed to a number of boutique producers and award-winning winemakers who shared their knowledge and encouraged him to pursue his passion. It wasn’t long before he and Sara purchased their first ton of Pinot Noir grapes and Vaughn Duffy Wines became a reality.

The first vintage of Vaughn Duffy was released in 2011 - a tiny 50 cases of 2009 Suacci Vineyard (Russian River Valley) Pinot Noir that rivaled some of the best Pinots in their area. Each year, Vaughn Duffy’s production has grown slightly and currently rounds out at 1,000 cases, a level Matt feels they will stick to for the foreseeable future. In addition to Pinot Noir, Matt and Sara also produce a dry Rose of Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc. Each of their wines show an incredible maturity of style and indicate great promise for the future of this great new winery. When he’s not working on the “passion project” of Vaughn Duffy Wines, Matt also consults for a few other wineries in Sonoma County and is helping to open a new custom crush facility (Red Custom Crush) in Healdsburg this fall. Vaughn Duffy is proving to be an exciting new producer, and we look forward to seeing them grow.

  1. Vaughn Duffy
    2012 Pinot Noir
    Vaughn Duffy
    Russian River Valley


    169 cases produced
    id: 2330