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Gondak Cellars strives to produce elegant wines that highlight the unique features of the vineyards involved. According to Will, it's all about the vineyard. "The potential quality of a wine is created in the vineyard. It is the winemaker's task to guide the expression of that quality and to shape the style of wine. This might technically be a one-person show but there are too many influences, teachers, and experiences to list that all come into play. It's a collective effort."
Will Gondak has been chasing the dream. Experiences making wine in Napa, Sonoma, Australia, New Zealand, France, Santa Cruz, and South Africa have broadened his view into what is possible. The wide array of hands-on experience accompanied by the study of winemaking and viticulture at both Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and Napa Valley College has yielded one curious wine nerd. Will has been calling Sonoma County home for since 2015 and is looking forward to his 15th harvest in 2022.

Past to Present

A full-time side hustle, Gondak Cellars was established in 2015. Will spends the majority of his work time helping make wines for several other brands while slowly building Gondak Cellars. Gondak Cellars will always remain a small brand, focused on high quality, small production wines.

Where to find?

The best place to purchase Gondak Cellars wines is and always will be directly from us. Our wines are also available at a limited number of high quality establishments around California. We encourage you to go enjoy a meal or wine pairing at some of these great restaurants and wine bars. Cheers!

Placements - Past and Present

Lazy Bear - San Francisco, Ca. MAMA Oakland - Oakland, Ca. Valette - Healdsburg, Ca. Lovina - Calistoga, Ca. Sam's Social Club at Indian Springs Resort - Calistoga, Ca. Fig & Thistle - San Francisco, Ca. Mourad - San Francisco, Ca. Bay Grape, Oakland, Ca. The Hidden Vine - San Francisco, Ca. The Panel - Sonoma, Ca. The Eveleigh, West Hollywood, Ca. The Jug Shop - San Francisco, Ca. Bacchus & Venus - Sausalito, Ca. Sam's Anchor Cafe - Tiburon, Ca. ACME Fine Wines - St. Helena, Ca. California Wine Merchant - San Francisco, Ca.



There are many winemakers who will attempt to convince you that they are god-like in their craft. Try not to listen to them. It's all about the vineyard.
Will Gondak
Will Gondak, Winemaker

Support Our Local Trail Builders

Gondak Cellars is an annual contributor to the Redwood Trails Alliance. In time, and with your help, we aim to help support this great cause with increasing amounts. The Redwood Trails Alliance is an advocate for our diverse community of trail users. Their purpose is to increase the quality and quantity of trails in order to enhance the experience of all trail users. Please support their hard work at trailsalliance.org


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