The Winemakers

Ewan & Cyndi Downie

Founders

Alyris is the result of a dream born from a first trip to Napa Valley several years ago. Wine lovers themselves, Ewan and Cyndi Downie had a vision of living in God’s country and perhaps producing wines that would be adored by wine-lovers worldwide.

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Rudy Zuidema

Winemaker & Vineyard Manager

With more than 25 years of winemaking experience, specializing in organic farming and hillside vineyard management. Rudy believes that creating elite wine comes from stringent viticulture and winemaking with intimate attention to detail.

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Ewan & Cyndi Downie

Founders

Alyris is the result of a dream born from a first trip to Napa Valley several years ago. Wine lovers themselves, Ewan and Cyndi Downie had a vision of living in God’s country and perhaps producing wines that would be adored by wine-lovers worldwide.

The first step in realizing this dream came in securing a picturesque and established 25 year old vineyard. The site will produce a range of high quality, small batch wines that showcase the terroir of the southern Napa region. The small size of the vineyard allows for attention to detail in every barrel. Combined with the influence of a skilled, patient craftsman, Alyris Vineryards’ goal is to create iconic wines that will be some of the most sought after from all of Napa.

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Rudy Zuidema

Winemaker & Vineyard Manager

With more than 25 years of winemaking experience, specializing in organic farming and hillside vineyard management. Rudy believes that creating elite wine comes from stringent viticulture and winemaking with intimate attention to detail.

His specialty is Cabernet Sauvignon, perfect for this mountain estate property that contains 100% Cabernet vines. Rudy began his career in Australia’s McLaren Vale before working exclusively in Napa with such respected wineries as Cuvaison, Honig and Robert Craig prior to his post as winemaker and Vineyard Manager for Ehlers Estate. He is now focused on directing small estate vineyards and making wines starting only from the roots and soils.

Believing that the Mount George site has the potential for world-class Cabernets, Rudy is converting the property to an Organic and Biodynamic ranch which will bring out the intense, powerful, yet natural terroir these practices produce.

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