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The Prisoner Wine Company

The Prisoner Wine Company

We work with passionate, devoted growers to source varietals from the best vineyards and appellations located across California in order to create interesting wine blends that are thought provoking and approachable.

The Team

With over a decade of winemaking experience at Paso Robles' prestigious Wild Horse Winery, Winemaker Chrissy Wittmann leads The Prisoner winemaking team who along with our family of growers, work together to craft our selection of distinctly stylistic wines. These include: The Prisoner, Blindfold,  Cuttings, Saldo, and Thorn.

“This is a fantastic team. Everyone brings something unique to the table but at the end of the day, passion for our wines brings us together.” —Chrissy Wittmann, Winemaker

Chrissy Wittmann, Winemaker

Chrissy Wittmann came to winemaking in an unconventional way. After earning a B.S. in Ecology and Systematic Biology at California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, the future winemaker found her love for wine while analyzing soil and waste water samples in a lab. After serving time as a laboratory enologist, Chrissy returned to Cal Poly, achieving her master’s degree in Agriculture.

She joined Scheid Vineyards in 2005 as Assistant Winemaker, and two years later joined the prestigious Wild Horse Winery & Vineyards in Paso Robles. Over the next nine years, Chrissy rose to Director of Winemaking, while mastering the art of multi-vineyard sourcing to create unique, complex wines.

In 2016, Chrissy and her family moved to Napa Valley joining The Prisoner Wine Company, where her expertise in vineyard partnerships is in play every day. Chrissy says, "The Prisoner Wine Company’s wines have true personalities that start in the vineyards and which are encompassed in the blending of the wine. I’m thrilled to be working with so many vineyards of quality, to tap into my inner wine geek every day."

Chrissy Wittmann

Jen Beloz, Consulting Winemaker

“My physiology professor at University of San Francisco really encouraged me and my classmates to go to medical school,” Jen recalls. “But I wanted to be a winemaker. So he set me up to work at his friend’s small winery in Australia, hoping that the backbreaking work would make me run for the hills. Well, it did. The hills just happen to be covered with vines.”

Jen’s first experience in California winemaking was at Cline Cellars, where she worked in the lab and cellar for two years. She joined Ravenswood winery in 2000 and studied full time to work toward a Master’s Degree in Enology at the University of California at Davis. She spent over 10 years at Ravenswood working under the mentorship of Joel Peterson (The Godfather of Zin), managing grower relations, scouting new vineyards and crafting blends with particular focus on the single vineyard projects.

Jen joined The Prisoner Wine Company in August 2011 for the simple fact that it would allow her to lead a talented team dedicated to truly distinct wines from a family-owned and operated producer. “I love the challenges,” she says. “Winemaking offers a great balance of mental and physical challenges that keep me on my toes.”

Jen Beloz

The Prisoner Wine Company
Rutherford, California

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