Riverain is the vision of close friends who share a love of wine, the wine country, and a passion for developing wines that reflect the character of the prestigious sites from where they are grown.
After a 30 year career as an executive in the consumer products industry, Dean Gray has found there is much more in store for his retirement years than he ever anticipated. After more than a decade of "visits" to the wine country to purchase hand crafted boutique wines, and to enjoy the spectacular scenery, Dean Gray and his wife Laurie decided to start the journey of creating a wine project that reflects their passion, past experiences, and love for Napa Valley.
If you have ever been to the Napa, our story needs very little explanation as most visitors catch "the fever" upon arrival. Our personal experiences were no different, and after wedding in a vineyard in 2005, Dean & Laurie purchased a home in Rutherford and began the transition of relocating their lives from Southern California to the wine country. They enjoyed the full support of their 5 grown children who also had a passion for great wine, unsurpassed cuisine, and the relaxing atmosphere of a home overlooking the vineyards.
Riverain Vineyards was born out of a wonderful dinner at Press Restaurant in 2009 between our good friend Steve Nordhoff and world class winemaker, Thomas Brown. Since our first vintage in 2011, we have been blessed with producing 5 straight years of world class wines with “outstanding” ratings from both Robert Parker and Wine Spectator.
Our name says it all, Riverain is a historical French term meaning "local & friendly people who reside near the river" and could not be a stronger reflection of how our partnership and lives have evolved over the past decade. We hope that through our wines, you will feel the passion, care, and tremendous effort that has gone into each bottle by our winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown, and his fabulous team.
Dean & Laurie also play and active role in key Christian based charities both in the US and Cambodia that focus on improving the lives of underprivileged children.