Our Story

Our Story

A rich winemaking legacy, a new adventure

The Name

DRNK Winery was founded by partner and winemaker Ryan Kunde in 2012 with his wife Katie, and her parents Dale and Nancy Dougherty. DRNK represents the family’s initials – Dale, Ryan, Nancy, Katie. DRNK represents the collective joy of working and being together.

DRNK Wines Family
Ryan Kunde
Kunde Family
Nancy Kunde
Kunde Heritage

Our Story

Ryan brings a rich winemaking legacy to DRNK, with five generations of vineyard stewardship in Sonoma County dating back to the 1880’s. Ryan is guided by a philosophy that blends an understanding of the land and tradition with evolving science and data that allows for precision winemaking.

The Cave

Located in an idyllic setting, atop the Laguna Ridge in the heart of the Russian River Valley, DRNK Winery is home to a beautiful 300 foot wine cave. One of only four caves in the Russian River Valley, this is where the wine is cellared and private tours and tastings are held.

Ryan Kunde - Winemaker
Grape Pressing

Winemaking

Ryan is guided by a philosophy that blends an understanding of the land and tradition with evolving science and data that allows for precision winemaking. He is passionate about discovering new vineyard sites and specific meso-effects within each vineyard block, and takes great pride in showcasing the quality and diversity of Sonoma County’s vineyards.

Winemaking equipment