Clarissa Nagy

Winemaker
 

Winemaking has become my passion. Sharing that joy with others is a priority. I‘d love to be able to bring everyone into the vineyard and cellar to experience winemaking firsthand. Since that isn’t realistic, I offer you a taste of my labor captured in bottle.

I earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Food Science from California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo in 1995. My first production training came during harvest 1995 at Edna Valley Vineyards in the cellar and lab. The aromas of dark fruit, smoke and toast encompass the air when you fill a brand new French oak barrel with Pinot Noir free run. It is one of those things I’d love everyone to experience first hand. I knew at that moment that making wine was something I wanted to do the rest of my life. I was so engaged in the learning process that additional soil and vineyard experience came through weekend classes, seminars, and on the job training.

I worked my way through the Central Coast over the next ten years. The wineries on that list include: Firestone Vineyard, Curtis Winery, Byron Vineyard and Winery, Longoria Wines, Rancho Arroyo Grande Winery, Bonaccorsi Wine Company and Riverbench Vineyard and Winery. In the course of my career, I have been blessed to work with some amazing people and vineyards in Santa Barbara County. Our region, and specifically Santa Maria Valley has really captured my heart and my palate.

I found the SMWN in March 2015. I had recently opened my tasting room and had partnered with another small business woman for a local event. We were looking to donate the proceeds from our fundraiser to a local organization that promoted women in business. Since joining, I have found my why and have expanded my passion. I use the skills that I have to teach and educate. I want to empower women and young girls in the area of science and math, to provide a safe and comfortable space for building the confidence needed to become the women we were created to be.