Nielson Winemaker Ryan Pace spent his childhood in Napa Valley, where his dad was COO of Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. A family move to the Santa Ynez Valley set the stage for Ryan’s own entry into winemaking. At age 19, Ryan worked his first harvest in the cellar at Terravant Wine Company.
World Class Wine Made the World Over
Ryan found his calling in the wine cellar, but also the thrills from rock climbing, surfing and traveling. He realized he could indulge all his passions by working harvest seasons around the world, taking time to play between “gigs”. His work spanned “New World” regions like Marlborough, New Zealand, and Margaret River, Australia and Old World regions like the Northern Rhone in France. He’s worked across the globe at wineries including Opus One in Napa Valley; Muratie in Stellenbosch, South Africa; Alcance in Chile; and Francois Willard in the Northern Rhone, France. By the time he was 25, Ryan had traveled to 35 countries and worked at nine wineries on four continents in both hemispheres amassing a phenomenal breadth of experience.