one of/from the mountains; highlander
Hi there, I'm Sarah Garrett, and I started Serrano Wine with my husband, Brice! We are the owners and winemaking team behind the brand. Our story really starts in 2012 when we met at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. The small campus is tucked away just off the Cumberland plateau, and students affectionately refer to the school as "The Mountain."
By definition, Serrano means "one of/from the mountains." Our beginning on the Mountain was followed by graduation and a move out to Paso Robles, California. I had spent many of my childhood summers visiting this area where my mother and stepfather had vineyards and a winery. With great aspirations of becoming the newest generation of winemakers, we took on the first of the many mountainous challenges in the wine industry: starting our own business.
We started as cellar rats at my step-dad's winery but quickly wanted to branch out on our own and build our own legacy. We aspired to make wines that appealed to the younger generation of millennials, while also captivating established wine drinkers. We felt this would be accomplished by producing wines that were full in body with round, softer tannins. The goal was to make great wine that was approachable, while not sacrificing big body, flavor, and complexity.
Today, we still cling to the idea of conquering our mountains, but the meaning of Serrano has evolved a bit. It is now a journey of freedom, passion, and discovery. With that in mind, we have decided to take on another big challenge: the Texas wine scene! We bought a 10-acre property in Hye, TX and are planning on building a tasting room (hopefully to be open by Spring 2022) and winery, while working to make the best wines possible from both Texas and Paso Robles! The next chapter of our wine life is so bright, and we are so excited about what the future holds in Texas!
Everyday we face challenges, "mountains" in our lives. To truly be "one [born] from the mountains," one must be willing to climb those mountains, face fears, and risk everything to get to the top. We strive everyday to keep pushing upward, to earn that title that we bestowed upon our brand.