Ann Colgin is the heart of Colgin Cellers, a true renaissance woman and vintner of uncommon passion. An avid art collector and dedicated philanthropist, her elegant,yet engaging personality is a telling reflection of her wines and winery. Ann founded Colgin Cellars in 1992 with a vision of making the finest wines from exceptional hillside vineyards in St. Helena and was instrumental in forging a world-renowned reputation for California’s small production hand-crafted wines.
Ann began her career in the world of fine art with an M.A. from New York University, subsequently becoming President of Fairchild’s Fine Art, Inc., then establishing the Colgin label, where her own artistry found expression in the creation of her wines. Each wine has its own distinctive personality, the result of a careful, knowing hand, like that of a painter. Ann serves as consultant to the Sotheby’s Wine Department and has been instrumental in developing many major charity wine auctions. Her generous donations of rare verticals and large format bottles of the Colgin wines have raised over $9 million for worthwhile causes involving health care, community services and the arts. Ann is a trustee and executive committee member of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and the Centre Pompidou Foundation. She and her husband Joe Wender also have an ownership interest in Camille Giroud in Burgundy. They share a kindred spirit inspired by a passion for great wine.