|Winemaker Randall Watkins grew up on a vineyard located in the foothills of Taylor Mountain in Sonoma County. In 1979, when Randall was only 10 years old, his father planted the Watkins Family Zinfandel and Chardonnay, maintained and vinified with the help of friends who were paid in wine.
In 1993, Randall received a bachelor's degree in sociology and management from the University of California, Davis. After a brief stint working for a consultant in San Francisco, Randall again felt the call of the wine country. He continued his hands-on winemaking training, working in the cellars and labs of Buena Vista Winery and Hartford Family Winery in Sonoma County, as supervisor of red wine fermentations at Carmen Vineyards in Chile, and as assistant winemaker at S. Anderson Vineyards in Napa. Randall then returned to UC Davis, where he rounded out his practical knowledge by completing a master's degree in enology in 1999. Over the next 7 years, Randall produced some of the most highly regarded wines in Sonoma County as the winemaker for Carmenet Winery and Moon Mountain Vineyard.
Currently, Randall is the consultant winemaker for three up-and-coming small wine brands in addition to crafting Watkins Wines.