Gary Brookman has been at the helm of production at Miner for more than a decade. He serendipitously discovered his true calling during a post-college stint working a harvest in Australia’s McLaren Vale. After making his way to Napa Valley, Gary honed his winemaking skills during a thirteen-year tenure at Joseph Phelps Vineyards and three harvests at Franciscan. Following a chance encounter with Dave Miner, Gary was welcomed on as Miner’s winemaker in 1997. A diligent student of his craft, Gary works closely with each of our growers and alongside Dave to fine-tune and elevate the quality of Miner wines with each passing vintage. Gary manages to find balance making twenty-five plus bottlings at Miner, including his eponymous label. Hitting the backroads for a rigorous bike ride or hiking in the Sierras with his wife Joan is reserved for downtime. Since his first crush down under, Gary remains captivated by winemaking’s unique blend of art and science.

Gary Brookman, Winemaker


“As head winemaker for Miner Family, he is involved in a wide range of wines from vineyards in and outside Napa Valley… Earning his good reputation through hard work, Brookman now finds himself added to a list of superstar winemakers…”