Daniel Baron

Founding Winemaker

Daniel Baron began his career in the early 1970s as a vineyard worker in Knight’s Valley, north of Calistoga. He was part of the early vineyard crew at Chateau Montelena in 1973 and then moved on to study with Dr. Harold Olmo at UC Davis. In 1978, Daniel moved to Philo in the Anderson Valley where he was vineyard manager and assistant winemaker at Navarro Vineyards.

Daniel Baron, founding winemaker of Twomey Cellars

In 1981, he left California for France; his intended one-year sabbatical ultimately led to two vintages in the vineyards of Bordeaux. The year 1982 was spent living and working at Château Pétrus, where he first met Jean Claude-Berrouet. His association with Christian Moueix, then owner of Pétrus, led him back to California and resulted in a 12-year stint at Dominus Estate.

In 1994 he accepted the winemaking position at Silver Oak under founding winemaker Justin Meyer, where he remained for 23 vintages. In 1999, Daniel was instrumental in founding Twomey Cellars with the Duncan family and eventually retired in December 2016 as Director of Winemaking for both Silver Oak and Twomey.