Greg is a fourth generation California native who was born in San Francisco and in 1977 moved to Sonoma County. His youth was spent exploring the back roads of West County in his first car, a 1968 Camaro that he still owns today. Although good food and wine were always at his family's table, it was a 1985 summer bicycle odyssey around Europe that awakened his senses. While touring through France and Italy, Greg experienced simple food and wine pairing for the first time and it made an impression.
During his undergraduate years at Cal Poly, Greg converted an open pasture into one of the school's first production vineyards. This project introduced him to the idea of a career in wine. For Greg, this path combined several of his passions; his love of the outdoors, agricultural engineering and enjoying food and wine with friends.Upon finishing his studies at Cal Poly, he set his sights on the UC Davis Viticulture and Enology Program. In 1992 he left UC Davis with a Master's Degree in viticulture with concurrent studies in Enology.
Post-graduation, Greg embarked on a six year wine adventure living and working in the Mendoza area of Argentina where he performed viticultural research for area growers, and assisted both the Catena Family and Kendall Jackson Wineries on vineyard development projects.
Upon his return to the US, Greg worked in the Napa Valley with Stag's Leap Wine Cellars before being drawn back to the Sonoma Coast to work with Flowers Vineyard and Winery, leading the development of their coastal properties.
For the last 12 years Greg runs his own consulting business and is proud to have an outstanding list of winery and vineyard clients.
"I have an intimate relationship with the vineyards I manage,” says Greg, “Working daily with the fruit that I make into wine creates a unique opportunity for me to translate the vitality I taste from each vine into the bottle." He is happy to source grapes for Gregory James Wines exclusively from vineyards that he manages.
Today Greg lives in the Freestone area of West Sonoma County.