Oour team deserves their own accolades for doing what is needed to make the vineyard and the winery a successful offering to our guests and customers.


dog in vineyardFrancois

Francois came to Girardet as a young winemaker-in-training, and apprenticed under Marc as a constant companion. He does a bit of vineyard management, driving the tractor and chasing birds, and helps from time to time in the tasting room and at events.

His favorite wine is Cayuga, because it pairs well with kibble and doesn’t have an overpowering nose.

Email Francois



man and small dogMarc

Marc Girardet is a second-generation winemaker, having learned at his father’s side from a young age. Since becoming the winemaker in 1999, Marc has brought promising new varietals to the vineyard and practices a bit of unusual farming as well.

Marc’s favorite wine is the Sangiovese, but he is looking forward to drinking the yet-to-be-released Teroldego, which will be released in 2018.

Link to Marc’s Bio Page      –       Email Marc

Lee Esterbrook

Lee is a 30-year veteran of the local timber industry who decided the wine business sounded like more fun than trimming boards. He joined the Girardet team in 2015 and brings an energy and enthusiasm into everything he does at the vineyard, whether it’s pruning vines, driving tractors, harvesting, bottling wine, or helping drink a bottle at the end of a long day. There is always something to do around the farm, and Lee is just the guy to get it done.