Owners Ken and Diane Wilson
St. Anne’s Crossing Winery is the latest winery in the Wilson Artisan Winery family and is the brainchild of Ken and Diane Wilson. We are located in the heart of Sonoma Valley in Kenwood across the street from Chateau St. Jean. Initially, our primary focus is on Zinfandel from tiny vineyards throughout Sonoma County. Zinfandel from Sonoma County truly reflects the terroir of the vineyards and you will be amazed at the variety of flavors you will experience in our wines.
Ken and Diane Wilson purchased the old Blackstone Winery (formerly the original St. Francis Winery) property in 2012 from Constellation Wines. They envisioned creating a destination winery in the Sonoma Valley that focused on a varietal popular in Sonoma County (Zinfandel). Their affinity for Sonoma County is reflected their vineyards practices—a commitment to the stewardship and sustainable farming throughout Dry Creek, Alexander and Russian River Valleys. These vineyards provide the superb quality fruit that has brought notable recognition to the Wilson Artisan Wineries.
Diane, a native Californian, enjoys her high-energy lifestyle that includes making wine at Wilson, deLorimier, Matrix and Soda Rock and taking an active role in the community.
Ken, born and raised in Ontario, Canada, is passionate about his vineyards, wineries, and the creation of absolutely delicious approachable wines.
Ken and Diane have three children—Sydney, Victoria (Tori) and Sawyer. They also created the Children of Vineyard Workers Scholarship in 2001, a unique program to assist the children of vineyard workers in their pursuit of higher education. This program awarded over $17,000 to students in 2012. For more information, click here.
Winemaker Chris Barret
Our very talented, award-winning winemaker Chris Barrett is renowned for his Zinfandels and is absolutely thrilled to be making wines for our winery in his childhood stomping grounds in the Sonoma Valley. He recently won unprecedented “Double Sweepstakes” awards at the 2012 Sonoma County Harvest Fair. It is the first time in the history of the Harvest Fair a winemaker has walked away with 2 of the top 3 awards.