Small Vines Viticulture is owned and operated by the husband-wife team of Paul Sloan & Kathryn McGrath Sloan. The foundation of this company is the love they share for fun, fine wine, friends, and the beautiful outdoors.
Paul Sloan, the viticulturist, first realized his passion for wine as a wine steward at the restaurant John Ash and Company. This position gave him the opportunity to receive a considerable amount of wine education, training, and knowledge.
In 1995, he and fellow wine steward, Mathew Gustafson, won the Greenwood Ridge California State Wine Tasting Championship, Professionals Category.
Being a third generation Sonoma County native and a real lover of the outdoors, it was only a matter of time until Paul found his way into the vineyard. Even though he studied under Rich Thomas at the Santa Rosa Junior College, his personal research and studies brought him to his European derived philosophies. Paul gained much of his valuable experience under the time proven guidance of his cherished mentor, Warren Dutton / Dutton ranches.
Paul and Kathryn Sloan started their own company, Small Vines Viticulture in 1998. Our philosophy is that high-density plantings focus the energy of the vine into smaller, more intensely flavorful clusters, producing better quality wine. Our approach is different from the California norm. We strive to innovate -- not duplicate.