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Krupp Brothers has a tradition of cultivating a number of famed vintners and rising stars on its winemaking team - including Joshua Krupp, Nigel Kinsman, Tres Goetting, Celia Welch and Aaron Pott - who have contributed to past and current wines.

Jay BuOncristiani

Jay began working in the vineyard and helping with crush long before he could drink wine. In elementary school, he and his brothers pruned vines on their family vineyard and made wine with their father in the home garage.

Jay Buoncristiani

Jay began his first official winery job immediately after graduating with a Bachelor of Science in the combined disciplines of Chemistry, Biology and Physics from Santa Clara University. Jay's goal when he started as a temporary cellar hand at Hess Collection Winery was simply to earn enough money to travel before applying to medical school, but he soon realized he had found his calling. In five years, he rose through the ranks to become the Hess winemaker at the age of 26.

As a consultant for other wineries and as the winemaker for the Buoncristiani Family Winery, which he co-owns, Jay has been working with Stagecoach Vineyard fruit for more than 14 years.  

“I feel privileged to work with such extraordinary fruit from one of Napa Valley’s highest caliber vineyards. It really comes down to harnessing that potential into the bottle."

Buoncristiani's wines have earned high praise and top rankings. The Wine Spectator named Buoncristiani wines a "Rising Star of Napa Cabernet." The Wine Enthusiast rated the 2005 OPC #25 in the Top 100 wines of the world and Robert Parker's Wine Advocate gave 2006 The Core 97 points, lauding it as "one of the truly magnificent wines" that year.