Will Bucklin, ’80August 22, 2016
Will Bucklin, ’80
Board of Trustees
A 1980 graduate of Verde Valley School, Will has been a vintner for over 25 years, working in France, Australia, Sonoma, Mendocino and Oregon. After VVS Will went on to study enology at UC Davis. Upon his graduation he traveled to France for an internship at Chateau Lafite Rothschild – interestingly enough, Will’s first birthday present was a bottle of 1961 Chateau Lafite Rothschild. Will also worked in Australia at Thomas Hardy and Sons, and then in Mendocino at Navarro winery. In 1992, he moved to Oregon to become winemaker for King Estate Winery. In 2000, at the insistence of his brother Ted, who was managing both family businesses ~ Oak Hill Farm and Old Hill Ranch ~ he moved back to California to live on Old Hill Ranch, manage the vineyard, and help found the family winery.