At Purple Wine + Spirits, our winemaking roots run deep.

Led by winemaker Joe Tapparo, Purple’s winemaking team has worked throughout the viticultural regions of Central and Northern California as well as Europe, New Zealand, South America and Australia. Joe Tapparo developed his passion for wine ever since he was a young man. He studied viticulture at UC Davis and began his journey with Purple Wine + Spirits in 2008. Joe’s team works closely together to create, source and develop wines that over deliver for the price.

Our distiller, Jeff Duckhorn, is locally known as a number cruncher gone rogue. Like Derek, Jeff is a Berkeley grad with a BS in Environmental Economics & Policy. And like Derek, his career has taken some surprising turns. His hobbies of making and creating, especially bread and beer, have taken Jeff from the numbers side of the business all the way into the distillery. Jeff has become an expert in sourcing, distilling, blending and aging spirits across several categories. A team of only four people – eight hands – touch every aspect of production in this craft driven enterprise.