Russian River Valley AVA
After meeting on a blind date, Jesse and Emma began a lifelong journey together and in 2014 started their own award-winning winery brand
Established by husband and wife team Jesse Hall and Emma Kudritzki Hall in 2014, Seawolf Wines is a partnership between two winemakers dedicated to natural winemaking and hands-on farming. With their combined experience, Jesse and Emma are producing small quantities of exceptional wine made from organically farmed vineyards in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County and Yorkville Highlands of Mendocino County. Their focus is strictly on the Zinfandel varietal and they currently only produce a single bottling of Russian River Valley Zinfandel and a Rosé of Zinfandel each year.
For Jesse Hall, it all started when he was a young boy helping his father and grandfather craft their first vintage of Zinfandel in a barn along the Russian River in Geyserville, Sonoma County. Jesse was also drawn to the ocean and enjoyed racing sailboats on the San Francisco Bay and surfing on the Marin coast. He even moved to San Diego as a young adult where he surfed, sailed and shaped surfboards. Jesse eventually returned to his family’s 164-acre farm to learn organic wine grape growing in the Yorkville Highlands AVA of Mendocino County and it was solidified that his future was in wine growing. After earning his degree in viticulture from Fresno State, Jesse went on work at such notable estates as Spring Mountain Vineyard in Saint Helena and Martinelli Winery and Vineyards in the Russian River Valley. Jesse was Helen Turley’s last winemaking student and under her guidance, learned the art of natural winemaking from several exceptional and iconic vineyards in the area.
Emma Kudritzki Hall grew up in southern Marin County and as a child, spent time at Sonoma wineries drinking grape juice while her parents enjoyed the local wines. While attending college at UC San Diego, Emma fondly remembers spending her summers helping her uncle on his pear orchard and vineyard. It was during this time that her love for agriculture, hands on labor and team work was ignited and it sent her on a five year mission pursuing winemaking opportunities throughout Sonoma County and overseas before heading back to school at Fresno State to earn her winemaking degree. Emma has honed her craft at MacRostie Winery in Sonoma Coast and Mauritson Family Winery where she applied minimalist winemaking techniques to craft Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Zinfandel.
After meeting on a blind date, Jesse and Emma began a lifelong journey together and in 2014 started their own winery brand, Seawolf Wines. Their new tasting room is located in Yorkville Highlands at the top of Anderson Valley, where they are surrounded by stunning panoramic views of rolling hills, organically farmed vineyards and majestic redwoods. We hope our Platinum Plus! Wine Club members enjoy this beautiful - and extremely limited - bottling of Seawolf 2018 Zinfandel. Cheers!