Doug Wiens was born and raised in Southern California . He studied horticulture at Colorado State University, continuing with graduate work in Agriculture and Business Administration at Cal Poly and Golden Gate University . Doug's professional career includes 20 years in production, quality assurance, and information services for food & beverage companies including Del Monte Foods, Seneca Foods, and E&J Gallo Winery.
(Pictured in Photo: Jeff, Dave, Mary (mom), Doug, & George Wiens)
In 1996, Doug made a life change by moving out to farm country southeast of Sacramento , and with the help of family members planted a 7 acre vineyard. Eventually, he was joined by his brothers in opening Wiens Family Cellars in 2001.
Doug says the family mission is "To make the highest quality wine and provide it at a reasonable price. The winery seal contains the words Quality, Family, and Integrity. We stand firmly by those three words as our guiding principles."
In 2003 the family decided to move their vineyards, production, and tasting room to Temecula California . In October 2005 construction began for the new winery and in December of 2005 the family began selling their wine from a temporary facility while the construction continued.
The new facility was designed by George, the eldest Wiens brother. Winery financials and facility engineering are provided by Jeff and Dave. The new Temecula winery and Temecula wine tasting room opened to the public on October 14 th , 2006.
"We have a large and tightly-knit family with a broad range of talents, all contributing to the success of our business," says Doug. "We enjoy the company of friends, good food, and fine wines. We are building our new winery to be oriented around a relaxed, friendly, and rural lifestyle. Our goal is to create a place where people feel right at home - part of our family."