Penelope (Penny) Gadd-Coster Winemaker

Penny has been the Wine Maker for Forenzo Vineyards since our inception in 2009 when she produced our first Pinot Grigio vintage. She is currently crafting our 2012 "Old Vine" Zinfandel and Pinot Noir wines.

Penny’s interest in wine began when her family moved to the Livermore Valley. However it took a few years and the words of a friend to convince her that making wine was a career that did not require belonging to a winemaking family. In 1986 she joined Jordan Vineyards & Winery, which lead to a long career at Jordan. She was there for the inception of J Vineyards and Winery. In 1999 she was hired as the Assistant Winemaker for J, eventually working her way up to Winemaker. In 2007, Penny left J to work as a Winemaker for Rack & Riddle Custom Wine Services.

"It has been my pleasure to work with the Forenzo team and their wines. They have great estate vineyard sources which gives me the ability to really show the true fruit characteristics that Pinot Grigio can bring. Beautiful pear, spice, white peach- clean and refreshing. I am looking forward to the current vintage that is already showing off the great potential of their vineyard.- beauty from birth!"

Penny samples the 2010 Pinot Grigio wine from our wine making facilities in Hopland California

Tony Ford manages the bottling process along side our wine maker to ensure consistency and quality.