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Niner Wine Estates

Winemaker Patrick Muran is an avid surfer and sailor who grew up locally in San Luis Obispo County’s Arroyo Grande, California. Patrick’s love of the water and desire for adventure have led him halfway around the world and back. He finds creative inspiration and tremendous raw power in nature and the world around him. Surfing adventures have taken him to Costa Rica, Tahiti, Hawaii, Mexico, Central America and beyond, and learning to sail as a teenager helped him eventually purchase a boat and set sail up and down the California coast. Patrick eventually settled at UC Santa Barbara, where he studied Microbiology, earning a Bachelor’s of Science degree. He believes that observations of our natural world can open up new ideas and new approaches to anything in life, including winemaking.

After graduation from UC Santa Barbara, Patrick came back to his San Luis Obispo County roots and landed his first job in the wine industry as a cellar worker for Orcutt Road Cellars during the 2000 harvest. Through his years at Orcutt Road Cellars, Patrick studied under venerated French winemaker, Christian Roguenant, among others, and discovered his love for the art of winemaking was as strong as his thirst for adventure. Patrick was eventually named Operations Manager for Orcutt Road Cellars, and oversaw the winemaking process for more than 18 brands including Baileyana, Tangent, Sanford, Carpe Diem, Bear Boat, Rosenthal, Cinnabar, David Bruce and others. Side-by-side with the winemakers for these brands, Patrick absorbed their diverse methodologies and techniques to produce a wide spectrum of wines with an array of grape varieties.

In 2007, Patrick headed to Santa Ynez, California, to become the head winemaker for Blackjack Winery where his efforts centered on small-production Bordeaux, Syrah and Chardonnay, with opportunities to work in both vineyard and winemaking roles.

Patrick joined Niner Wine Estates in 2009 as Assistant Winemaker, where he spearheaded the effort to equip the newly-constructed LEED-Certified facility and oversaw daily operations. Over the course of four years, Patrick contributed new winemaking strategies to further enhance the quality of wines produced by the estate. Outside of Niner, Patrick also keeps busy cultivating new pursuits with his wife Heather, their 2 daughters, Kaylinn and Clare, and their Australian Shepherd, Bell. When he’s not busy in the vineyards or the winery, Patrick likes to enjoy the outdoors as much as possible through river rafting, backpacking and snowboarding. And life would not be complete without a new adventure—he has recently added free-dive spear fishing from a paddleboard to his hobby list.