Patrick Muran, who joined Niner Wine Estates in 2009 as assistant winemaker, has been promoted to head winemaker.
"His influence in winemaking style and technique has been instrumental in developing the brand from the early years at our previous custom crush facility, Orcutt Road Cellars,’’ said owner Richard Niner in a news release.
Muran succeeds Amanda Cramer, who Niner said has moved on to pursue other opportunities within the wine industry.
Muran spearheaded the winery’s effort to equip the LEED-certified facility and oversaw daily operations. He also has introduced new winemaking techniques to enhance Niner’s quality of wines, the winery said.
Muran grew up in San Luis Obispo County and graduated from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in microbiology. His first cellar job was at Orcutt Road Cellars. In 2007, he became head winemaker at Santa Ynez producer Blackjack Winery, where his efforts centered on small-production Bordeaux, Syrah and Chardonnay.
He lives in Pismo Beach with his wife, Heather, and daughters Kaylinn and Clare.
Niner Wine Estates owns and operates three estate vineyards, comprising 148 acres: Bootjack Ranch, on the east side of Paso Robles; Heart Hill Vineyard, located on the west; and Jespersen Vineyard in Edna Valley, southeast of San Luis Obispo. Both Bootjack Ranch and Heart Hill Vineyard are SIP (Sustainability in Practice) certified, and the winery is working to gain accreditation for Jespersen Vineyard.