Sonoma County Wine Innovator: Cecilia Enriquez of Enriquez Estate Wines
Photo credit: Victoria Webb Photography
Despite having little experience in the wine industry when she began her journey more than a decade ago, Cecilia Enriquez, owner and winemaker at Forestville-based Enriquez Estate Wines, was inspired by family ties to the agricultural industry in Mexico and fueled by her parents’ unwavering support and passion for great wine.
Paving the way for Latinas in an industry where both females and Mexican Americans are underrepresented, Cecilia is both a mold-breaking innovator and an educator who strives to make wine approachable and enjoyable for her guests.
Today, her out-of-the-box approach to winemaking continues to turn heads in the wine world, introducing innovative pours to the Sonoma region like a Tempranillo Rosé, dry Muscat, and a customer favorite Pinot Noir aged just five years in blended oak barrels.
She is also recognized for her unique programming, such as her Virtual Holiday Party Packs for which she provides a guided virtual wine tasting of two wines (Brisa and Tempranillo), and a Cheese & Charcuterie Nosh Box. Her Thanksgiving 4-Pack ‘Toast to First Responders’ honors the tireless efforts of the thousands of heroes who have battled the wildfires in California the past few months. In support of these brave individuals, Enriquez donates 10% of all proceeds from the Thanksgiving 4-Pack (Brisa, Rose, Pinot Noir, and Tempranillo), to the California Community Foundation Wildfire Relief Fund.
Celia’s intrepid winemaking talents have earned Enriquez Estate Wines numerous awards in the esteemed San Francisco Chronicle’s Annual Wine Competition and Orange County Wine Competition. As a proud member of the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Sonoma County and constant champion for fellow female and Latinx wine industry professionals, Cecilia continues to inspire and foster a broader audience of wine enthusiasts.