Hank and Linda Wetzel

Hank and Linda Wetzel founded the bonded winery at Alexander Valley Vineyards in 1975, almost thirteen years after Hank’s parents purchased “their place in the country.” Hank supervised the construction and produced Alexander Valley Vineyard’s first wine in 1975. His wife Linda set up the books and managed the winery office. AVV quickly established a reputation for estate-grown wines with distinctive varietal character. Acclaimed for luscious Chardonnay and elegant Cabernet Sauvignon, Alexander Valley Vineyards brought recognition to the area and is known as a leading winery in Sonoma County. 2024 marks the family’s 62th year on the historic property and will be the winery’s 50th vintage.

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