THE HISTORY OF FIVE VINTNERS WINES CONTINUING THE FAMILY TRADITION
Krisi Raymond represents the fifth generation in her family to grow grapes and make wine in the Napa Valley. Her family roots run deep, dating back to 1876 when her great-great-grandfather Jacob Beringer, together with his brother Frederick, established Beringer Brothers Winery just north of St. Helena. The next generation continued to produce wine through Prohibition for medicinal and sacramental purposes.
It was in 1933 with the repeal of Prohibition that Roy Raymond began his career in the wine industry at Beringer Brothers Winery and in 1936 married Martha Jane Beringer, grand-daughter of Jacob Beringer. Their two sons, Roy Jr. and Walter, continued the family’s winemaking tradition at Beringer Brothers Winery after attending college.
With the sale of Beringer to Nestle Corporation in 1970, the Raymond family purchased 90 acres of prime vineyard land south of St. Helena on Zinfandel Lane and founded Raymond Vineyard & Cellar. They planted a variety of wine grapes on the property and crushed their first vintage in 1974.
Now, over 30 years later, Krisi Raymond has stepped out on her own as a grape grower and winemaker. With just one acre of her own organically grown Sauvignon Blanc and a handful of select grape growers she produces fine Napa Valley wines. Krisi focus’ on her favorite varietals: Cabernet Sauvignon, Zinfandel and Sauvignon Blanc.