Innovative, intuitive, and thorough, Philip Staley has a special talent for creating captivating wines.
Born and raised in Southern California, Philip was drawn to scientific pursuits at an early age. After graduating from the University of California at Santa Barbara with a degree in analytical biology, he went on to earn a DDS degree and establish a dental practice in the San Francisco Bay Area.

It was during his years in graduate school that Philip developed a passion for wine, with a special interest in the wines of the Mediterranean region, and particularly those in the Rhone Valley in the south of France.

As his interest in wines increased, so did his desire to make them. When his winemaking hobby outgrew his home, he turned his avocation into a career. In 1981, Philip became a founding partner in a Sonoma County winery. He was the winemaker from the first harvest until 1994, gaining a reputation for producing consistently fine wines.

In 1988, Philip and his wife, Pamela, purchased 21 acres in the Russian River Valley, built a home, and planted ten acres of vineyard. With the first harvest of their new vineyard, they established Philip Staley Vineyards and Winery. The Staleys thus joined the unique category of California winery—the small grower/producer.
Philip believes that wine is largely made in the vineyard. By overseeing the growing of his own grapes, he has increased control over the quality of his wines. Philip is committed to constantly fine-tuning his vineyards, then using these carefully-tended grapes for the production of small lots of exceptional wines. No effort has been spared in the vineyard and winery to ensure wines of distinctive character and quality.

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