Who are the Guffys and Guffy Family wines? Dave, Julie and their daughters, Nicole and Jenny of course! A family who enjoys being a family - living, loving and always laughing - not necessarily in that order... Probably the most rewarding achievement for Dave and Julie is the development of this wine business based solely on their own resources.  A lot of long hours, hard work and sacrifices have paved the way for these wines. And there is nothing better to the Guffys at the end of the day then a great glass of wine!


Dave Guffy loves to eat and drink!  And no one does it better - just spend an evening with him near the BBQ or in the kitchen where he is the master of his domain.  While working at restaurants in San Luis Obispo during his college days, he realized the course his life would take.  After a harvest internship confirmed his career pathway, Dave transferred from Cal Poly to Fresno State University to earn his degree in winemaking.


His first winery position landed him back on the Central Coast as production manager at Corbett Canyon Vineyards where he crossed paths with Julie who was working in the lab. Several years later, Dave took the assistant winemaker position at a Kendall-Jackson Artisan and Estates winery called Cambria Winery and Vineyards.  Soon he became Winemaker and focused exclusively on Rhone and Burgundian style wines. In 1999, Dave moved his family to Napa to take over the helm at the Hess Collection where he still presides today as the Director of Winemaking.


Growing up in the OC, who would have thought that Julie Carollo would one day end up being a farmer. After a few wine tastings, Julie set her sights on viticulture and enology. What a great way to make a living - being outside in the vineyard and tasting wines all day - so she thought!   While attending Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, she earned two degrees - one in Biology and one in Fruit Science.  Julie has worked in all aspects of the winery for nearly 20 years - from lab technician & vineyard sampling to enologist on California’s Central Coast. She took a few years off to enjoy her role as Mom while still being active as the Executive Director of the Central Coast Winegrowers Association.


When Dave’s new job relocated the family to Napa, Julie took a part time job as a sensory analyst for VinQuiry, specializing in TCA determinations/thresholds and wine defects. Today, Julie represents Knox Industries selling the finest barrels of Taransaud, Francios Freres and Kadar Hungary cooperages. She actually gets paid for listening to Mel's bad jokes while giving Moke a break after 10 years.


Dave and the Guffy girls reside in the beautiful Congress Valley area of north Carneros on their estate Syrah vineyard. They were not going to call their wines Guffy Family Wines, unless everyone in the family participated. That means Nicole and Jenny REALLY do help out in every aspect of the process from lifting the wires during pruning to the QC at bottling. Not to say there isn't a little bit of whining along the way.   Even the family pets get into the action. While Mittens and Mocha keep the gophers on the run, Sam, the black Labrador, guards the cave and keeps the deer at bay.


We hope you enjoy Guffy Family Wines!



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