Meet our small group of wine slaves who
have joined forces for your drinking pleasure…



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.

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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


It was Summer of 2008 and Cara was wrapping up her per-requisites for the nursing program, when she began helping out with the wine festivals. A gregarious creature and long time fan of Girardet wines herself, it wasn’t hard to sell. At some point she went from working for wine to drawing a paycheck…

She wears many hats and loves how dynamic her roll at the winery is. She has a passion for rescuing animals, and has given a new home at the vineyard to so many animals that we are now “an animal rescue shelter that dabbles in winemaking.”

Not only a connoisseur of wine, but also of hot sauce. She says, “It makes me feel alive!” She aspires to one day make her own line of hot sauce, when she grows up. In addition to wine and hot sauce, she has a passion for her husband and the great outdoors. Her greatest challenge in life is learning to ride her new dirt bike. She is thankful to have never fallen victim to a case of the dreaded and mysterious “Pine Mouth.”

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Little did Yvette know when she and her husband joined our Wine Club in July of 2014 that she was destined to be a part of our Winery Family! She made the mistake of helping us harvest grapes for a season in 2015. In February of 2016, she officially came on board.

Her favorite wine is Sangiovese and a random fact about her is that she was born in a flood.

In her personal life, she has successfully raised her daughter to be a fierce force and contributing member of society. Now she is busy filling the empty-nest with wine as an inheritance (unless she consumes it all before then).

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.