Philosophy

Auteur, pronounced, oh-tour, is taken from the French, meaning composer, author. As a winemaker-founded brand, we buck trends, we are independent to explore – we push boundaries, we care about diversity in our farming, we collaborate, we are brave with our wines, we craft with intensity and instinct to transpose their place and time, to tell their story.     Kenneth Juhasz Auteur Winemaker and Founder

KENNETH JUHASZ

My father arrived in the United States as a refugee from the Hungarian revolution. His story of survival and freedom resonated with me early to break free from institutionalized thinking, to live with purpose. Working my way through college in wine shops and restaurants - with some soul-searching along the way, my discovery of Pinot Noir offered infinite possibilities. It kept me grounded to enjoy physical work with farming, to pushing the boundaries of traditional winemaking and continues to feed my need for discovery. My studies of Pinot Noir found me exploring subterranean Burgundy, working harvests in Willamette Valley, Napa and New Zealand, then ultimately planting roots in Sonoma, as winemaker for Donum Estate and starting Auteur with Laura. My goal is to make the best f*cking Pinot in California  
BEYOND AUTEUR: My Pinot Noir consulting clients have included Donum Estate, Gary Farrell Winery, Pali Wines, Blue Farm, Dunstan Wines of Durell Estate and Tuck Beckstoffer Wines.   Laura Juhasz Founder Auteur 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 Oregon. Things got interesting when I met a winemaker at an Irish Pub in Portland. Kenneth and I connected immediately and started to push our boundaries. I left my pharma job, spearheaded a cheesemaking creamery then ultimately moved to Sonoma to start Auteur. What I love is the little things, it's discovering these tiny high-altitude grown berries that have huge, rogue tannins, are wildly aromatic yet still struck with minerality - as my husband says, Pinot Noir has infinite possibilities. Over the last 15 years, we have grown from 75 cases to an ultra-premium Pinot Noir producer dedicated to authentically crafting transformable and sustainable wines.