Sonoma Coast and Petaluma Gap Appellation

Who we are

  • Miguel Delgado - Owner

    Miguel is a cosmetic and plastic surgeon who, along with his wife Becky, is passionate about producing world-class chardonnay and pinot noir.

    As a young boy growing up in chilly Columbus, Ohio, Miguel’s desire to live in a warmer climate eventually led him to sunny California. He attended UCSF Medical School, splitting time between San Francisco and the wine country.

    Following plastic surgery training in New York, Miguel returned to the Bay Area to establish his practice. He soon met his wife Becky and started a family. Among other interests, the couple shared a love of wine and wine making.

    Twenty-five years ago, they made their first wine: a custom crush. The wine was average—better for dressing a salad than drinking with dinner. Over the years, however, the couple continued to make small lots of wine, focusing exclusively on chardonnay and pinot noir. Their hard work and dedication paid off—the wines continued to improve in structure and complexity.

    In 2005, they purchased a 23-acre parcel of prime grape-growing land in the Sonoma Coast Appellation where their dream of creating outstanding wines was realized.

  • Don Van Staaveren - Winemaker

    Born and raised on a large working farm in California’s Central Valley, Don never imagined his love of the land would inspire him to become a winemaker.

    However, after graduating from Cal Poly, San Luis Obisipo and working briefly in the valley in 1969, Don moved to Sonoma to manage multiple vineyards. Thus began his fascination with winemaking. His love of pinot noir in particular, began with a tasting of the 1947 Chambertin during a post-harvest celebration in the early 1970’s.

    In 1976, Don took a temporary crush job at Chateau St. Jean. He stayed on and worked his way up through the ranks in the cellar, becoming winemaker in 1985. As a winemaker and a “tinkerer,” Don searched out new, gentler ways of handling grapes, preferring fermenting and/or pressing whole berries to crushing grapes.

    In 1996, Chateau St. Jean became the first winery to have five of its wines featured in the Wine Spectator Top 100. Later, Don’s 1996 Chateau St. Jean Cinq Cepages became the first Sonoma wine to receive the Wine Spectator “#1 Wine of the Year” award.

    In January 2005, Don became the winemaker at Three Sticks Wines, one of California’s top Chardonnay producers. In addition to his responsibilities at Three Sticks Wines, Don consults for a select group of small producer clients, including Delgado Family Vineyard.

  • Ned Hill - Vineyard Manager

    Ned started his career at any early age-working with his father when he was just nine years old.

    His father worked for Ed Durell, a lifelong family friend and owner of Durell Ranch. During the 30 years he spent managing the Durell Ranch, the winery became world-renowned for supplying premium wine grapes.

    Ned quickly followed in his father’s footsteps, first studying fruit science at Cal Poly and later in 2008, opening La Prenda Vineyards Management Company.

    Ned’s philosophy is based on a profound respect for the land. He believes that the essence of great winemaking lies less in manipulation and more in utilizing what’s already at hand: fine-tuning the right combination of soil, climate, and farming techniques. What’s more, being able to follow the entire process, from grapes to bottle, allows Ned to focus on what really matters—the quality of the wine.

    In addition to the Delgado Family Vineyard, Ned proudly farms for other estate wineries, including Rams Gate, Schug, Nicholson Ranch, Roche Family, Bennett Valley Cellars, Parmelee-Hill and Fifth Hill.

Vineyard dogs who protect the fruit
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  • Lily Lily
  • Smokey Smokey
  • Gus Gus
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