FEL’s signature wines are masterful combinations of fruit from the Estate’s Savoy Vineyard, with the revered Ferrington and Donnelly Creek Vineyards. They are textbook expressions of the region: crisp, juicy, and highly drinkable.
The Savoy Vineyard is regarded as one of the best sites in the Valley, especially for Pinot Noir. The maritime influence and moderate daytime temperatures contribute to the wine’s elegant flavour profile and silky tannins. They have a track record of ageing beautifully for 10+ years.
In 2005, Ryan accepted a full-time position as assistant winemaker and viticulturist at Hanzell Vineyards, a role that helped hone his expertise in Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from Sonoma. While at Hanzell, Hodgins also worked as the founding consulting winemaker for Breggo Cellars in the Anderson Valley. The Lede family’s acquisition of Breggo Cellars (now FEL) in 2009 allowed Hodgins to become full-time winemaker. In 2011 the Lede family purchased the Savoy Vineyard, a benchmark vineyard in the Anderson Valley, giving Hodgins access to his first estate vineyard.
Sarah Green is the Winemaker for FEL Wines. Born and raised in Southern California, Sarah earned a BA in English from Smith College in 2011. Sarah’s interest in wine was sparked when she encountered a winemaker in her school’s alumnae network. After a brief correspondence and a family trip to wine country, Sarah was filled with a sense of curiosity and adventure around the wine industry.
Upon her graduation, Sarah worked her first harvest at Donelan Family Wines in Santa Rosa and was instantly captivated by the world of winemaking. At the conclusion of her internship, she worked consecutive harvests in New Zealand, the Sonoma Coast, and Margaret River, Western Australia. In 2013, Sarah returned to Sonoma, where she spent the next four years as Assistant Winemaker at Donelan. In 2017, Sarah joined the team at FEL Wines as Associate Winemaker. She was drawn to working with FEL’s excellent fruit sources, especially the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from its renowned estate, Savoy Vineyard – and to the challenge of building out FEL’s brand new winery space. In 2021, she was promoted to Winemaker, where she continues to work alongside Director of Winemaking Ryan Hodgins.