Somm Series event at winery

About Handwritten

Handwritten was founded by owners Dan and Becky Blue, Roy and Cheri Eisiminger and Vance and Jana Thompson, with the artistic vision of Winemaker Rob Lloyd. In 2015, the owners’ long-time friends Jim and Kelly Mazzo joined the family of vintner partners.

Handwritten focuses on small-lot, hillside and mountain Napa Valley District Cabernet Sauvignons and a comprehensive comparative tasting experience hosted at our intimate cottage located next to sister winery Jessup Cellars at 6720 Washington Street in Yountville.

Tastings and exclusive culinary experiences may be scheduled calling (707) 944-8524 or emailing

Our Team

Our team is made up of the true scribes of the Handwritten narrative; each brings a rich and unmistakable character to our human terroir. We believe our production team is the best in the Napa Valley. Led by Winemaker Rob Lloyd and Assistant Winemaker Bernardo Muñoz, these are the artisans who craft our story and give it life.

Direct of Handwritten Philip O’Conor and Tasting Cottage Manager Bill Miller, along with our knowledgeable and welcoming educators are here to provide exceptional experiences. At every level, from guiding you through accessing our allocated wines, to intimate tastings, to acting as your personal concierge when visiting the Napa Valley, we’re at your service.

Winemaker, Rob Lloyd, checking the vines

Winemaker Rob Lloyd

Rob’s foray into wine started directly after graduating college when he came to Napa to work in a tasting room for the summer – before getting a “real job”. He became fascinated with wine and the science of winemaking, and began to learn everything he could about the process.

While interviewing for that “real job”, the interviewer asked him what he had been doing with his time since graduation. After speaking passionately and at length about wine, the interviewer said, “You seem to love that so much. Why do you want this job?” Rob realized he didn’t want it, actually. He thanked the man, and thus began a career in the wine industry.

“Rob’s goal is to craft rich, velvety wines that are accessible in their youth, yet have the structure to age for a very long time.” – FOUNDERS

Rob has since earned his MS in Viticulture & Enology from the University of California Davis and worked for many prestigious wineries including Cakebread, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and La Crema. Rob began crafting Handwritten Wines in the 2009 season and took the position of Director of Winemaking at Jessup Cellars in 2010. He now heads up our winemaking for the Good Life Wine Collective, which also includes Jessup Cellars.

We believe our production team at Handwritten is the best in the Napa Valley. Led by Rob Lloyd, these are the artisans who craft our story and give it life everyday: Assistant Winemaker Bernardo Munoz-Alvarez and Cellar Crew Zack Scott, Victor Barboza and Steven Vargas.

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