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Winemaker Richard Shelton

While traveling the world and having wine experiences in Patagonia, Richard discovered his true calling was winemaking.

Born and raised in Texas, Richard completed a B.S. in Biochemistry and worked on protein modeling. While traveling the world and having wine experiences in Patagonia, Richard figured out his true calling was winemaking. Richard went on to receive a Masters of Enology at the highly praised Roseworthy Program, at Adelaide University in South Australia. During his time in Australia Richard was fortunate to work at the AWRI Research Winery at Waite Campus.

In his quest for knowledge, Richard worked wherever he could advance his winemaking skills. From Australia to Pennsylvania, where he trained to make traditional Ice wine, back to Texas where he worked with many fringe varietals.

Eventually Richard arrived in California where he took a Winemaker position at Monterey Wine Company concentrating on Central Coast fruit. At this custom crush facility Richard had the benefit to work with many Winemakers and an extensive range of varietals.

From Monterey Wine Company Richard moved to Sonoma to accept a job with Kosta Browne who is well-known for its high achieving winemaking team and extraordinary wines. This gave Richard the opportunity to work with high-end Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Sonoma Coast, Russian River and Santa Lucia Highlands.

With Richard’s knowledge of working with Central Coast fruit and being a world traveler he will be able to create an experience for you in each of Ballard Lane’s wines for your true enjoyment. This experience will be so powerful that Ballard Lane’s wines will entice you to keep coming back with every sip you take!