BOB PEPI — winemaker
In 1966, the Robert Pepi family bought a ranch with vineyards in the Napa Valley. In 1980, Robert Pepi and Bob Pepi decided to start a winery on the property, giving it the name they each carried, Robert Pepi. Their first harvest was in 1981, and Bob Pepi has been making wine ever since. While Bob’s first love was animals and his major zoology, it wasn’t too many years before the lure of the vine really took hold, and Bob took courses at both the University of California’s famed enology program in Davis and at The Wine Lab in St. Helena. After the family winery sold, Bob became a consulting winemaker, working mainly in California, but traveling also to Argentina, Colorado, and Texas.
With over 40 harvests under his belt, and considerable wine business background and acumen, Bob has a combination of skills and expertise that have made him a valuable asset to Marilyn Wines. In addition to numerous awards where his wines have attracted 90+ ratings and were twice among the Wine Spectator “Top 100 Wines of the Year,” and he has received a “Cellar Selection” designation from Wine Spectator.