“In life, usually the biggest challenges offer the greatest rewards. This is what drew me to pinot noir and chardonnay — grapes that grow on the margins of viticultural regions. Preferring cool, foggy days to sunlit ones, these varietals have the potential to offer complete expression of their roots. However, this requires the subtle and intuitive touch of a good farmer, and eventually the gentle influence of the winemaker.”


Begin at the beginning

VML is named for our winemaker, Virginia Marie Lambrix. With a reverence for the relationship between soil, sky, plants, and creatures, we seek to capture the magic of grapes grown on boutique farms in the Russian River Valley of Sonoma.

The Russian River flows through enchantingly beautiful microclimates that provide ideal and varied terroir for the finicky pinot noir grape. VML began in 2010 as a side project is now a consuming exploration.

In a wonderland they lie

The vineyards we work with are small. And small is beautiful. These distinctive sites, when tended with meticulous viticulture practices, can yield extraordinary fruit. So winemaking begins in the vineyard long before we pick the moment to harvest. Then, barrel by barrel, we handmake small-lot pinot noir and chardonnay with minimally-invasive techniques.

Fermentation is achieved with a combination of native and favorite yeast strains. We age in painstakingly selected French oak. The resulting wines express their roots and nature’s vicissitudes yet reach beyond… for something opulent, intense, pure, gorgeous.

VML is also sought out for sparkling, gewürztraminer, sauvignon blanc, zinfandel , and syrah.

We seek magic

Our wines do not come from recipes but from intuition and hard-won experience. Boots in the vineyards and ears on the barrels. Yes we listen to the wine – it crackles during malolactic fermentation. It’s heavenly.

There is magic in discovering a galaxy in a bottle of wine. It’s a moment held in time, which is the sum of nature’s earthly and celestial influences upon small plots of land.

At equinox fall they planted the first seed and left it in the hands of the moon and the stars.



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Not just her

Virginia relies on a small, talented team to practice the art and science of winemaking.

  • Associate Winemaker: Ross Reedy
  • Assistant Winemaker / Grower Relations: Jon Di Bartolo
  • Cellar Master: Diego Cardiel
  • Enologist: Jessica Yeates
  • Cellar Lead: Ben Muntz
  • Cellar Assistant: Rosie Valencia


  • 94+ Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 2014 VML Cresta Ridge Chardonnay
  • 94 Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 2014 VML Knowlton Farms Chardonnay
  • 93+ Points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate: 2014 VML San Remo Pinot Noir
  • Best Woman Winemaker 2015 International Women’s Wine Competition
  • Best of Show White Wine 2015 International Women’s Wine Competition

Crafting beauty inside the bottle... and out

We wrap our wines with intriguing pictures that come from Virginia’s husband Kevin Shaw, founder of renowned design firm Stranger and Stranger. He and Virginia feel the label should express the winemaker’s perspective and bring extra joy to your table. And he likes to spoil her.