Cecil & Christine De Loach
For more than three decades, Cecil and Christine De Loach have farmed grapes and made wine in the Russian River Valley. In 1970, while Cecil worked as a San Francisco firefighter, they found a twenty-four acre vineyard in Santa Rosa.
After studying enology and viticulture they made their first wine in 1975. During this time Christine worked as a Sonoma County probation officer, while Cecil stayed in the fire department. As De Loach Vineyards would grew Cecil and Christine eventually left their jobs to devote all of their time to the winery.
They both have served as officers and board members of many Sonoma County and California wine organizations including The Sonoma County Vintners Co-op, The Sonoma County Winery Co-op, The Sonoma County Wineries Association, the Russian River Wine Road, and the Wine Institute. In 2003, Cecil and Christine sold the De Loach Vineyards brand, which continues today. They founded Hook & Ladder Winery in 2004.