|Bennett Lane Winery owners Randy and Lisa Lynch have announced that Grant Hermann has been promoted to winemaker. He first joined Bennett Lane in 2005 as Cellar Master. In line with Randy and Lisa Lynch's winemaking philosophy, Grant's focus at Bennett Lane is to produce well-endowed, handcrafted wines from uncompromised vineyard sources-be it the Lynches' own estate vineyard in Calistoga or a select parcel in Oakville.
He gained early vineyard experience on his family's one-acre parcel of Chardonnay in Yountville, and opted for applied education to hone his craft in winemaking. "I'm a hands-on winemaker and have been fortunate to align myself with great mentors over the years. I truly enjoy being intimately involved in the transition of grape to wine," he says.
||Grant brings new meaning to the term "drink locally." The down-to-earth Napa Valley native was raised in Yountville and attended Vintage High in Napa. Today he not only works with some of Napa's top vineyards at Bennett Lane, but he is also a part-time firefighter in the town of Calistoga, where he resides today with his wife Elizabeth and kids Aiden (5) and Chloe (7).
Before getting into the wine industry, Grant spent the latter half of the 1980s working simultaneously in construction while waiting tables at some of Napa's top restaurants when the area was just developing as a tourist destination. In 1990, he took a job as a harvest worker for Cain Vineyard and has been in the wine industry ever since. He subsequently spent over a decade working at Sterling Vineyards in many capacities, and was thrilled to have the opportunity to get his "hands purple" when he joined boutique producer Bennett Lane Winery in 2005.
In his spare time, Grant savors every minute he can with his friends and his family. He also enjoys coaching tee-ball, mountain biking, boating, golfing, and occasionally embarrassing himself with his guitar at open-mic night at the Calistoga Inn.