• Rod & Lynn Berglund and Rick & Amber Moshin

Rod Berglund, Joseph Swan Vineyards

Rod Berglund, a lifelong Sonoma County resident, began his winemaking career as the founding winemaker of La Crema Vinera (predecessor to La Crema) in 1979. That same year he produced his first Russian River Valley pinot noir. Over the years he has made Pinot Noir from many grape growing areas but firmly believes that the Russian River Valley is without peer in the new world for the potential to consistently produce world class Pinot Noir. In 1987 he joined Joe Swan to help him finish that years harvest. The following year he took over the winemaking at Joseph Swan Vineyards and continues to follow in the footsteps of one of California’s Pinot pioneers.

A committed terroirist, he believes that wine’s first duty is to express a sense of place. Over the years he has embraced experimentation as way to further his goal, fine-tuning his practices each year while paying careful attention to what the vintage has given him. The winemaking is usually referred to as minimum intervention: whole cluster and whole berry fermentation in small open top fermenters, passive cold soaking, punching down by hand, wild yeast, warm temperatures and very long fermentation/maceration followed by aging in French Burgundy barrels and bottling without fining or filtration. However he is not dogmatic in his approach. He keeps the winemaking tool box handy, and, if conditions warrant will step in and do what is necessary, whether is the addition of cultured yeast, eliminating whole clusters in the fermenters or possible filtration, in order to produce the best wines possible.

Rick Moshin, Owner & Wine Maker Moshin Vineyards

In the late 1970's, while teaching math at San Jose State University and working a side hustle at a home-brewing supply store, Rick was encouraged to try his hand at winemaking - and fell deeply, madly in love. His hunger for grapes soon inspired him to become a grape broker, earning access to extra fruit while forging relationships with vineyard owners throughout Northern California. This gig allowed him to be in the right place when a certain Pinot Noir vineyard - the first acreage in our estate - went up for sale in 1989.

A self-taught farmer who (along with friends and family) built our gravity-flow winery by hand, Rick enjoys experimenting with different varietals and wine making methods. His heart will always belong to Pinot Noir, but as a passionate viticulturist and vintner, he remains ever-curious about the whole world of wine.

Amber Moshin, Sales & Marketing Director Moshin Vineyards

Amber used to tend to bar at beloved local spots like The Altamont in Occidental, the lobby bar at Hotel Healdsburg, and Underwood Bistro in Graton, but it was a tasting room gig at Rochioli Vineyards that ignited her passion for wine.

And speaking of passion: In 2003, a wine shop owner discreetly introduced her to Rick Moshin, whom he married soon afterward. When our Westside Road winery was opened in 2005, she began exclusively selling Moshin Vineyards wines - and has been doing so ever since.

An artist in multiple media, Amber has also designed several of our specialty wine labels.

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