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Ideology Cellars

Napa Valley AVA

Crafting the best wine possible for their artisan winery

The Williamsons started taking classes to learn about their vineyard and made their first attempts at home winemaking - they were hooked and knew their future was in wine. In 2005, an opportunity came about to purchase the former Koves-Newlan Winery in Napa Valley’s Oak Knoll District and they jumped at the chance.

Bob and Joni went to work constructing a custom crush winery facility and tasting room on the property - a project that helped several small artisan wineries produce their fine wines and share them with the public. Wine Spectator even named their new winery, renamed Silenus Winery, a “Hidden gem in Napa Valley.” At this time, Bob and Joni also launched their own winery brand, Ideology Cellars, and began with Cabernet Sauvignon from their own estate vineyard. The wine was so well received that the Williamsons restructured their business in order to concentrate solely on their own label. By 2010, the custom crush portion of the business was sold off and Ideology Cellars was gaining serious momentum (the 2007 vintage received 95 Points from Wine Enthusiast and was ranked #57 on their list of Top 100 Wines of the World!).

The small production Ideology wines are made by award-winning winemaker and winegrower Julie Lumgair, who brings an impressive background as former winemaker and partner at Windsor Oaks Vineyard, 15 years as a Fortune 500 brand management executive, decades of sensory science, microbrewery production experience, and a lifetime as a fifth generation family farmer. Her talent has been an excellent addition to the Ideology Cellars family, who is dedicated to crafting the best wine possible for their artisan winery. Cheers!

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Julie Lumgair - Winemaker