Philosophy

The focus on the might and grace of each vineyard creates the signature juxtaposition unique to our Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Our small lot wines harness the talent and determination of Kenneth Juhasz's vision, distinct in their preparation and respectful of their place. Blending the distinguishing strengths of tiny high-altitude grown berries, rogue muscular tannins, and a classic mineral vein of ancient coastal soils - this is what inspires us.

KENNETH JUHASZ

My father arrived in the United States as a refugee from the Hungarian revolution. His story of survival and freedom taught me early to never let anything stand in the way of my pursuits and to live with depth and conviction. Financing my way through college, I worked in fine wine shops and restaurants, when I saved enough I did some soul searching backpacking with my twin brother, John. Each experience further fueled my passion for wine and my visits to Europe and specifically Burgundy were life-altering. My pursuit of Burgundian style wines brought me to Oregon’s Willamette Valley where I first began making Pinot Noir, followed by several in New Zealand. In 2001, I joined the esteemed wine team at The Donum Estate in Sonoma where I continue to consult and in 2003 started Auteur.
BEYOND AUTEUR: Kenneth's consulting clients include, The Donum Estate, Dunstan Wines (Durell Estate Vineyard), Pali Wines, Blue Farm and Attune. He has also worked with Gary Farrell Winery and Tuck Beckstoffer Wines.

LAURA JUHASZ

No, I never did milk a cow, but I did milk goats. Growing up on 40 acres in rural Wisconsin, hard work and perseverance, with humility, were rooted early. After graduating from UW-Madison, my first job landed me in Portland, Oregon, all was good, the landscape was awe-inspiring, the pay was fine, yet I struggled connecting purposefully to my work. Things got interesting when I met a Carolina boy at an Irish Pub in search of fulfilling his Burgundian pursuits. I left my pharma job, spearheaded a boutique cheesemaking creamery, moved to Sonoma then began Auteur. During the last 15 years, Auteur has grown from 75 cases to a highly regarded boutique winery dedicated to the craftsmanship of creating balanced and pure wines. We welcome you to join us at our historic California bungalow in the heart of Sonoma - we promise, it's more like visiting with old friends, than visiting a winery.