Sans Wine Company
- Napa, California, United States
"They are simply satisfying in exactly the way they ought to be, to take advantage of the container’s benefits — fresh, thirst-quenching and delicious."
"Sans Wine is intended for wine geeks, the people who care that the wines are fermented with indigenous yeast rather than inoculated with commercial yeast, and that they are stabilized with minimum, if any, sulfur dioxide, which is nearly universally used in the wine world."
—Eric Asimov, NY Times
adjective literary humorous
"sans chemicals, sans additives, sans pretense."
Founders Jake Stover and Gina Schober met in 2013. On the advice of his older brother, Jake, originally from Kansas, postponed applying to law school in order to intern at a Napa winery for the 2008 harvest. The internship turned in to a full time position with Failla Wines, where Jake worked for 4 years in the vineyards, cellar and in wine sales. In 2012, after a short stint with Aaron Pott of Seven Stones, he shifted his focus to the farming side of wine and worked for a local vineyard management company as viticulturist. He started his own farming company in 2014, Stover Vineyard Management, which specializes in “beyond organic” wine growing, with an emphasis on no pesticide use in the vineyard.
Gina is a Bay Area native and UC Davis alum. You could say that wine is in her blood: her maternal grandfather was a grape grower in Clearlake, CA for 30 years and her paternal grandfather was a Gallo Wines sales rep in the 1960s. Gina’s passion for wine truly started while working for Bacchus Management Group’s Pizza Antica and Cafe des Amis, where she worked as a beverage manager and sommelier; she eventually moved to the Napa Valley to work as a sommelier for Thomas Keller’s Bouchon Bistro. These days, she is an independent contractor, representing a number of premium wineries.
Together, they launched Sans Wine Co. in 2015. Rooted in their shared appreciation for fresh, vibrant and approachable “wines of place”, the company sources grapes from organically farmed vineyards and environmentally conscience growers in order to craft natural wines. Their delightful—albiet non-traditional— approach to packaging makes them a unique addition to our portfolio!