Brad Wiley is a true Anderson Valley pioneer. Originally from New York and a sixth generation
member of the John Wiley and Sons publishing family, Brad came west in the 1960s to chart his own path.
In 1972, Brad purchased an old homestead and orchard from the late 1800s set in the “Deep End”
of the Anderson Valley, a mere 10 miles from the Pacific Ocean. Brad began to convert the upland
pasture around his house to Pinot Noir, only the fourth post-prohibition vineyard planted in Anderson Valley.
It was also at this time that Brad Wiley became a partner in Edmeades, one of the first wineries
in Anderson Valley. With the sale of Edmeades in 1988, Brad returned to New York
to help run the family publishing business for much of the 1990s.
After turning over the Chairmanship of the Board to his brother in 2002, Brad was able
to return his focus to farming and began extensive new plantings of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris.
The new plantings include a diverse mix of clones including Dijon 115, Pommard, and Mt. Eden
much of which is farmed for Breggo’s Anderson Valley Pinot Noir blend. Breggo uses the entire
2.3 acre block of Pinot Gris for our Wiley designate Pinot Gris. In recent years, the vineyard
has transitioned to organic farming and now uses a small flock of sheep
to control the weeds under the vines.