Hi, I'm Gretchen Voelcker, winemaker and creator of Luna Hart Wines. My passion for wine began while living in Europe and visiting the many wonderful wine regions and vignobles in France. This passion was fueled by my love of nature and all things outdoors bringing me to California where I've had the fortune of working with gifted winemakers, mentors and role-models.
Originally from Coatesville, Pa in Chester County Pennsylvania, I grew up on my family's horse and lavender farm.
While living in Europe during high school and summers during college years, I visited many different wine regions in France ultimately falling in love with the craft of winemaking.
After studying Business & French at Georgetown University and earning a degree in plant science from University of California, Santa Cruz, I moved to Santa Barbara County. I worked at Rideau Vineyard for six years, starting as an intern and eventually became the assistant winemaker. Along the way, I worked with Ryan Roark as a vineyard and production assistant which was the catalyst to my beginnings as a small batch winemaker.
Now you can find me at Piazza Bellavista in Ballard Canyon where I am the winemaker producing minimal interference wines from organically grown Estate grapes.
In March 2016, I had the opportunity to spend a vintage in the Central Otago region of New Zeland at Burn Cottage as a lab technician which took my passion and interest to a whole new level. I came home to California inspired by the people I had met, the wines I had tasted, the stories I had heard of harvests afar and gained a few more tools to add to my tool-belt.