Elyse Winery was officially founded in 1987 in Napa Valley, and named after winemaker Ray Coursen's one year old daughter, Elyse. For the first decade it was a nomadic existence as Coursen shuttled from winery to winery until he found the perfect little vineyard on Hoffman Lane just south of Yountville. Â“ItÂ’s an old horse barn with 1-1/2 acres of vines and a lot of concrete to work on. ItÂ’s nothing fancy,Â” Coursen said humbly. Â“IÂ’m just a big-time garagista.Â”
Coursen sources grapes from vineyards around Napa County for use in his Zinfandels and Bordeaux blends, and soon they will feature a lineup of RhÃ´ne varietals. Elyse is the sister winery to Jacob Franklin, named after Coursen's son Jake.
Elyse was the Winegeeks.com Producer of the Month in April, 2006.
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