Denis Hoey is a native of Sacramento, where he grew up in a family that appreciated wines and exposed him to a wide range of quality wines that helped develop his palate. He graduated from the University of California, Santa Cruz with a degree in Business Management in 2004. Soon after that, he met Jeff Emery, owner and winemaker at Santa Cruz Mountain Vineyard. Their relationship quickly turned into an Old World apprenticeship for Denis, and he is currently the production manager for SCMV. This experience has been the foundation of Denis’ education.
Denis made his first wine from the 2005 harvest, and from there built his limited production Odonata Wines into the multi-varietal cellar it is today. He blends old world methods with new world technique to make nouveau-style wines. He strives to produce wines that are rich, textured, and balanced, and that respect terroir and varietal character. His success is based on careful attention to detail and the purposeful use of each step in winemaking: grape sources, fermentation technique, pressing regiment, barrel selection, and aging program. The result is clean, focused wines.
Denis is committed to expanding his horizons with respect to grape types and sources, production techniques, and aging programs. There are endless possibilities with respect to winemaking. His openness and commitment is what drives the winery to produce cutting edge wines of top quality.
— Odonata Wines
Winemaker Denis Hoey produces: Odonata Wines and Damselfly Cellars