Growers First

In 1970, San Francisco firefighter Cecil De Loach and his wife Christine staked their claim in the wine grape business by purchasing 24 acres of old-vine Zinfandel in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma County. In the early seventies, the De Loaches decided to acquire additional vineyard land. For several years they watched others make notable wine from their grapes before making the decision to produce wine under the De Loach label in 1975. More than three decades later, Cecil and Christine sold that label and have continued their winemaking skills at the helm of a small family winery that employs a simple philosophy – craft exceptional wines, from the highest quality grapes, that people love to drink. We consider each step of the winemaking process an opportunity to showcase the distinctive flavors contained within our carefully cultivated grapes. Every bottle of wine is a worthy representation of the best effort from each and every person at Hook and Ladder Vineyards and Winery.

Our Vineyards Today

On 375 acres situated in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley, our vineyards produce cool climate grapes widely recognized as some of the finest in the world. Grape growers of the early 1900’s recognized the sites of our vineyards as being uniquely suited for wine grape growing. Building on their knowledge and experience, we have matched the soil and climate of each parcel with the varietals most likely to achieve its full potential.

Meet the Team

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…

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Jason De Loach


Jason De Loach was introduced to the wine industry in the customary way; physical labor. As a young man at De Loach Vineyards he eventually worked his way into the cellar.

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Beverly Olson

California Sales Manager

Beverly is a fourth-generation Sonoma County native whose family enjoys aviation, the arts, and agriculture. A talented pianist, she studied piano with Dr. Paul Mihaly…

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Devin Ruddick

Direct to Consumer Sales & Hospitality Manager

Devin grew up in Sebastopol, California where he gained an affinity for wine, food, and travel. After attending college at the University of Oregon in Eugene, he returned…

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Candice Mick

Wine Club Director

Candice is a native northern Californian who grew up in Marin County and moved to Sonoma County with her husband to start their family in the 1980s. Looking for…

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John Woelfel

Assistant Winemaker

Jon’s agricultural roots began at a family dairy farm in northeastern Wisconsin. He graduated with a degree in Fine Art from the Minneappolis College of Art and Design…

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Nicole De Loach

Finance and Accounting Analyst

A California native, Nicole De Loach grew up in Healdsburg, California and has been around the wine industry her entire life. She graduated from Sonoma State University with…

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Jan Crouch


Jan grew up in the Northern California’s East Bay, just across from San Francisco, and enjoyed vacationing with her family every summer in the redwoods. Eventually they moved…

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