' Winemaker


Ralf Holdenried

Director of Winemaking

From childhood chores on his family’s vineyard in Germany to crafting small lot wines in Napa Valley, Ralf has an eclectic mix of winemaking experience that spans two continents. Originally from Germany, he became fascinated with California’s wine culture and has since relished the New World approach to crafting wine. With over 15 years of experience crafting award-wining wines in California, Ralf currently leads the winemaking team at Black Stallion Estate Winery.

"Winemaking starts in the vineyard," says Ralf. "Location, climate, picking decisions – these are all crucially important factors that will ultimately determine the quality of your finished wine. At Black Stallion Estate Winery, I am so fortunate to have the opportunity to personally hand-select our fruit from some of the finest vineyards and AVA’s in Napa Valley."