About Us – O’CONNELL FAMILY WINES
Vintners Gabrielle Leonhard O’Connell & Wayne O’Connell
Single Vineyard Estate O’Connell Family Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon, Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley
“The family estate vineyard is the result of our lifelong dream to produce world-class wine. We traveled to Napa Valley for decades to enjoy the wine country lifestyle and now we live it and honor it. Our goal is to coax the personality of our soil, climate and farming practices into marvelous glasses of wine that will be raised for many joyful toasts.“
Gabrielle Leonhard O’Connell
Vintner & Director of Winemaking O’Connell Family Wines
Gabrielle Leonhard O’Connell, is vintner and Director of Winemaking of O’Connell Family Wines, which produces Gabrielle Collection, Pietro Family Cellars and O’Connell Family Vineyard Estate Cabernet Sauvignon. The family portfolio of wines is known for boutique, handcrafted, gold metal Cabernet Sauvignons from the O’Connell Family Estate Vineyard in the Oak Knoll District of Napa Valley and their elegant Chardonnay and sumptuous Sauvignon Blanc. Gabrielle specializes in distinctive, small production Cabernet Sauvignons that show a sense of place and her style of artful blending. The Gabrielle Collection has a loyal following of fine wine collectors worldwide.
As a forward thinking vintner, Gabrielle believes in bio-diversity, purity of the growing environment and sharing the bounty that a vineyard based lifestyle produces. She established the CCOF Organic Certified estate vineyard and gardens as a diverse eco-system to ensure overall vineyard health- one of few Napa Valley estates that is 100% organic. She believes this complex environment sustains healthy organisms that maintain a naturally robust vineyard, which creates beautifully complex wines. The olive grove, orchard, lavender field, herb and vegetable garden produce culinary and lifestyle enhancing products, that embody the natural luxury of wine country living. These products and innovative food & wine pairings are featured for all to enjoy at Gabrielle Collection taste+, the winery’s Tasting Boutique in downtown Napa.
Gabrielle has another passion: Olive Oil. She has completed the certification curriculum at UC Davis to be an Olive Oil Taster; is founder of the Olive Oil Culinary Guild- a training program for chefs on olive oil sensory evaluation and quality; and of MOPREP- an organization to preserve the historic olive trees in California. She is currently authoring a The Ultimate Guide of American Olive Oil and grows historic Mission olives to produce GC Napa Valley Certified Organic Estate Extra Virgin Oil.
Ms. Leonhard O’Connell is active in the wine industry including: National Board President of Women for WineSense, judging wine competitions, and honored as a leader in Sustainable Farming by Napa Valley Grape Growers.
Vintner Gabrielle Leonhard O’ConnellExpressive blends that capture the artistic side of Cabernet Sauvignon
“I came from a family who embraced food and wine- Grandfather Quitzow was a food & wine critic and writer, my mother was a chemist in wine labs in France and studied cooking under a graduate chef from the Cordon Bleu. With this exciting heritage, I became fascinated with the art of food and wine at an early age and express it through my food oriented artisanal Cabernet Sauvignon blends. Each blend is a personal exploration of the range of flavors, moods and textures this noble grape can express.“
Vintner Wayne O’ConnellA Century of Wine Heritage in the Glass
“My life has been greatly inspired by my Grandfather Pietro, a highly respected California farmer, who was very clear with his intentions and values: work hard to do your best everyday, honor the land, honor the family and celebrate often! Memories of aromas from Grandmother Angelina kitchen, family gathering and working in the wine cellar and ranch with my grandfather are carried into my life, those of my children and grandchildren as we harvest together, care for the vineyard and ranch together and gather for flavorful meals from the garden. Some things never change and shouldn’t!”
Vintners Preston & Casan O’ConnellWines that cater to the modern entertainer “A childhood spent hands-on at our vineyard estate, I grew to appreciate the multi-faceted aspects of the wine country lifestyle- farm fresh food, the talent and hard work that goes into creating world class wines and the amazing meals to enjoy the bounty! Today, my wife Casan & I embark on our own vision of wine for the modern entertainer; the type of person who enjoys an energetic lifestyle, is curious about wine and food, and places strong value on close friends and family celebrations.” Preston O’Connell
Gabrielle Leonhard O’Connell
“My mother stressed the importance of buying & consuming close to the source. It was her European upbringing. She infused oils with herbs, salts with herbs, always experimenting how to raise the bar of flavor. Herbal remedies were her choice for health & wellness. This was my inspiration to produce culinary products to engage home chefs; healthy home & body products- including our pooches, produced from estate grown herbs, citrus, lavender & eucalyptus. Enjoy!”
Our individualistic expression is present in our wines & products. Our collaboration is present in our winery.