Napa Valley AVA
Filled with a sense of adventure - perfectly 'pono'
Founded in 2015 by Dave Sedeno and Grant Long Jr., Pono Wines is a new artisan producer based in California’s Napa Valley. The winery was named after the Hawaiian word “Pono” that has a depth of meaning - balance, a connection to the land, living in harmony, doing the right thing, leaving something better than how you found it, righteousness, and fairness. According to Hawaiians, if you are living ‘pono,’ you are in the right relationship with all people, places, and things in your life. You have an appreciation for where you are and where you are going while embracing life’s journey. It is with this spirit of ‘pono’ that Dave Sedeno and Grant Long Jr. established Pono Wines.
Dave Sedeno is a native Hawaiian who grew up on the islands and, from an early age, appreciated the culture that blended a physical and spiritual connection to the land. Perhaps it is this appreciation that led Dave to world of wine over twenty years ago. He found his way into the industry through high-end wine sales, and over the years, has worked with many world-renowned wineries and winemakers in Napa and Sonoma. During this time, he met winemaker Grant Long Jr. and they bonded over their deep knowledge of wine and passion for sharing it with others. They became great friends and eventually created Pono Wines together, sourcing fruit from vineyards in Napa and Sonoma Valleys.
We are proud to present this inaugural release from Pono Wines to our Garagiste members. This wine is rich in flavor, seamlessly balanced, and filled with a sense of adventure - perfectly ‘pono.’ Enjoy!
Grant Long Jr. - Owner & Winemaker
Grant Long Jr. has lived in the Napa Valley most of his life and has become one of the most intriguing and talked about young winemakers in California. Before establishing his own label, Aonair Wines, in 2008, Grant worked at several wineries, gaining both winemaking and business experience. Most recently, he was a partner in G Wine Cellars and spent several years in sales and marketing with Reverie Winery on Diamond Mountain. He points to his father who was a lifelong wine lover and fine wine collector, as one the great influences in his life.