Bibiana González Rave
The adventurous spirit and inexorable passion of consulting winemaker Bibiana González Rave are evident in both her past pursuit to learn winemaking and her ongoing quest to perfect it. Studying and working in the vineyards and cellars of Burgundy, Côte-Rôtie, Bordeaux, Alsace and Cognac, she earned a Technician of Viticulture and Oenology diploma in Angoulême, followed by a Diploma of Oenology with honors from the University of Bordeaux. Her academic and field work awarded her an extraordinary opportunity at Château Haut-Brion where she gained a palpable understanding of winemaker as artist: “I used to think that by learning the most minuscule details about winemaking, I would create amazing wines. I came to understand that it is much more: the experience, the vineyards, the place and who you are as a winemaker… this is what gives wine its soul.”
Her appetite to learn winemaking styles in regions around the world led her to harvests in California and South Africa. Still, she found that the fundamental approach to viticulture in France resonated truest for her, especially the Burgundian method where vineyards tend to be quite small and are ardently managed by a single winegrower. Bibiana gained 14 years of insight and experience working in several esteemed California wineries before becoming winemaker at Lynmar Estate in 2009 where she oversaw the entire winegrowing and winemaking process.
Recognizing Bibiana’s fiery dedication and talent, Jayson Pahlmeyer invited her to join the Pahlmeyer team as consulting winemaker in 2012 to grow and make Wayfarer Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Bibiana immediately fell in love with the vineyard’s outstanding characteristics, dynamic block composition and manageable size which was reminiscent of Burgundy. Bibiana now knows each vineyard block intimately and attends to them obsessively. “With preparation and understanding, you know how to respond to each block,” she explains. “It goes beyond data and details, there is a feeling – a relationship a winemaker develops with the vineyard that produces the magical result of exceptional wines.”