The 12 years of various winemaking and business experience does not create the extensive picture of Stephens’ on his canvas of life. Stephens grew up on the grounds of the Petri Winery in Escalon, where his father, Ed, was a winemaker for Italian Swiss Colony. Stephens has been a participant in the wine industry throughout his adolescent years in all walks of winery life. After studying abroad at Lund University, Sweden and Durham University, England Stephens returned to California and graduated from Santa Clara University. Stephens worked for the well-known barrel maker, World Cooperage and lived in the Midwest honing his barrel knowledge before returning to California to become a fulltime winemaker. He then signed on for six harvests as a winemaker for the great winemaking machine known as Bronco Wine Company during the creation of the successful Charles Shaw brand. Stephens directed all aspect of production during his years at Bronco from the barrel program to the red, white, rose and sparkling wines. Stephens then took off to make wine in Argentina, as he desired to expand his conversation ability with the Spanish language. Upon returning to the States, Stephens shifted his focus to small lot Russian River Chardonnay and Pinot Noir programs as a winemaker with at Sonoma-Cutrer Vineyards. In 2009, Stephens joined Mathew Bruno Wines to create a premium Napa Valley wine program for the Bruno family.