Born in Ithaca, New York, and raised in California, Winemaker Brandon Lapides began his winemaking career in 2000 at the University of California at Davis, in the Fermentation Science Department. During these studies he interned during harvest at Testarossa Vineyards and RH Phillips winery. Immediately following graduation and eager to put his education to work, Brandon spent six months in New Zealand, working for Brancott Winery in Malborough for three of those months, learning the intricacies and potential brilliance of Sauvignon Blanc.
Returning to the U.S. Brandon was offered the assistant winemaker position at Peachy Canyon Winery in Paso Robles, CA. Here he worked with Zinfandel from some of the prized Zin vineyards on the Central Coast, producing many noteworthy and award winning wines. This brought him to the attention of Dan Goldfield of Dutton Goldfield Winery in Sonoma County, where Brandon became the assistant winemaker. During his four years at Dutton Goldfield Brandon mastered his craft, honing his palate and gaining valuable experience with cool weather Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Brandon’s winemaking skills are in full bloom at Armida Winery, where he produces elegant and complex wines from some of Sonoma’s most sought after vineyards, including Maple Vineyard, Durell, Parmelee-Hill, Castelli Knight Ranch, Gold Mine Ranch and Gap’s Crown.
When Brandon is not making wine he is often found in the tasting room talking to our friends and customers. He enjoys pretending to be a chef and cooking meals for his wife and kids. He complements his passion for winemaking and cooking in his garden, trying to grow perfect tomatoes and basil. Brandon loves Sonoma County for its stunning vineyards, diverse local food, and breath-taking and varied locales.