Wine and Food Festival, San Diego Bay, Winemaker Craig HandleyCraig

Gibbs Napa Valley

After moving to Saint Helena in 1977, Craig Handly took up a career in graphic design. While working on a variety of projects from stationary to commercial signs and wine labels, he also spent time with a group of Italian stonemasons who were experimentally making wine in a redwood barn north of Calistoga. This wine, made from early plantings of Carignan, was Craig’s first exposure to the process of winemaking.

In 1988 while working at the wine label design studio Colonna Farrell Design, it became clear that Craig would be staying in Napa Valley for quite some time. This is the year that he met his wife, then a co-worker at the studio and a fashion model based primarily in San Francisco, Susan Carpenter. Together they started both their own design firm and a family, when their son Spencer was born in 1992.

It wasn’t until the year 2000 that Craig began making wine under his first label, Terroir Napa Valley. He has since introduced a second label, Gibbs, which was started as a father and son collaboration when Spencer graduated from USD and returned home to the valley. The name was an easy choice as it is the middle name of both Spencer and his grandfather, Dr. Lewis Gibbs Carpenter, who originally planted the family vineyards in the mid 1960’s.