Joel Gott was the quintessential winery brat. A fifth generation west coast winemaker and restaurateur, he grew up accompanying his winemaking family to one winery after another. After high school, he apprenticed to Mike Lee, wine master at Kenwood Vineyards in Sonoma County. In 1993 he indulged his passion for food, joining his brother to purchase Palisades Market in Calistoga. The brothers went on to revitalize Taylor’s Refresher, a St. Helena burger joint, revamping it as a destination eatery now operating in three locations.
Joel took his first stab at winemaking in 1996, introducing a $15 Zinfandel from Amador County that - due in part to amazing reviews - put Joel Gott Wines on the map. Joel brings a do-it-yourself streak, a keen sense of where the wine market is headed, and an uncanny knack for finding good grapes that don't cost a fortune to the Three Thieves.