Peter Cellars was started by Peter Mauel in 2003 based on a commitment to produce high quality wines that combine the unique terroir and fruit characteristics of northern California with old world French winemaking techniques. Having grown up in the United Kingdom and spending extensive time at wine houses in both the Burgundy and Bordeaux regions of France, Peter began to develop an understanding of the many different techniques and styles, both in the vineyard and the cellar, and the impact they would have on the style of the finished wines.
From these experiences Peter started to develop a clear winemaking philosophy and style. Peter moved to California in the early nineties to complete an MBA and pursue a career in the software Industry. At the beginning of the new millennium, Peter decided that his real calling and passion was to handcraft premium wines. He then completed his formal oenology education at UC Davis. Peter started to scour the Sonoma Coast, Carneros. Sonoma Valley, and Napa Valley appellations for vineyard fruit sources and a location to make wine. The first vintage was 2003. In 2010, he acquired the Carneros Estate Vineyard in Sonoma and started the build out of the Estate winery where all our wines are made, and tastings performed. For the love of wine!