Everyone has their own reason, but for Jeffrey O'Neill and Laurence Vosti the path to the production of XTANT has been varied and circuitous. Jeffrey O'Neill is the third generation of a winemaking family, and has been in the wine business for all of his adult life. Until recently, he was president and CEO of the fourth largest winemaker in the United States. Jeff is chairman Emeritus of the Wine Institute.
Laurence Vosti has had an interest in wine since attending school in the Bordeaux region of France. Along the way, in addition to his real estate development, he has owned a restaurant, a retail wine business and has been a collector of fine California and French wines for over 20 years. Larry is former President of the California Vintage Wine Society.
Winemaker Jeff Gaffner has spent over 20 years making quality wines, and his time spent with Chateau St. Jean's "Cinq Cepages" has much to do with his approach to winemaking. He is a firm believer in connecting with a vineyard and feels the most important thing a grower and winemaker can put in their vineyard is their shadow.
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