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Photo from left to right: Jim, Rosco, Katie, Alicia, Alise

Katie Hayne Simpson, Vintner

“It’s pretty cool to be able to say that I’m the great-great granddaughter of William and Sarah Chase Bourn, the original owners who purchased this land in 1872. Although I didn’t actually grow up here on the vineyard (the three of us kids grew up on a pear farm in the Sacramento Delta), I’m lucky enough to now call this magical place home. And these vines… they’re simply incredible. They were here before me and they’ll be here when I’m gone, but in the meantime I feel honored to care for them, to be in their presence, and to help carry on my family’s legacy, the Hayne Vineyard.

My younger brother Andy founded the winery in 1998. In 2012, my older brother Mike and I took over the family business with the goal of making this place everything we know it can be, and a sustainable business to pass down to the next generation.”