Dave Guffy

Dave Guffy first became interested in wine as a Food Science student at Cal Poly,
San Luis Obispo. He was working in restaurants where he had the opportunity
to sample a variety of different wines and wanted to learn more. This inspired
him to work a harvest at a small Santa Cruz Mountain winery, and he decided to
transfer to Fresno State to be part of the enology and viticulture program.

In 1999, Donald Hess hired Guffy as Director of Winemaking for The Hess
Collection. As a winemaker, Guffy places special emphasis on what happens in the
vineyards, where he spends time year-round. “I have a strong belief in making
wine in the vineyard, working each site to absolutely maximize flavors,” says Guffy.
“My goal is to make ripe fruit forward California style wines with both power and

A California native, Guffy spent many summers with his grandparents on their
500-acre Kansas farm. To this day, Guffy is fascinated by the agricultural elements
of winemaking. “The farming aspect of wine has a primal challenge about it, and
the same with winemaking,” says Guffy. “You can never know everything. Every
year the challenge is to do it better than the year before.”

  • Dave Guffy

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