Wine Maker's Biography
Son of Andy Perrucci
Grandson of Don Perrucci
Alec’s journey into the wine industry began with applying for college. He searched for majors that meshed with his love of nature and the outdoors. Agriculture seemed to be a natural fit, after all, his family had been farming land in the Santa Clara Valley since the early 1900’s, and winemaking since 2003. Although he grew up in a family associated with agriculture and winemaking, Alec did not know much about either.
In high school, as he began spending more time assisting in the winery, Alec discovered that a degree in Wine and Viticulture was what he was looking for. Although he applied to multiple schools, Cal Poly SLO was the obvious choice since the rest of his family received degrees there.
Alec entered the Wine and Viticulture program at Cal Poly in the fall of 2010 and, over the next 5 years, was immersed in learning the three aspects of the wine industry: Viticulture, Enology, and Wine Business. As, part of the “learn by doing” philosophy of Cal Poly the students are required to work in their respective industries prior to graduation.
Alec’s first internship in the wine industry was harvest with J Lohr during the fall of 2013 where he worked the main reds crush pit. The days were long and grueling, but Alec loved the learning and hands-on experience.
He chose to stay at Cal Poly for an extra year, and during the fifth year he was honored to be selected to be one of two Cal Poly Student winemakers for the 2014 vintage. The program consisted of a harvest internship with Orcutt Road Cellars while simultaneously making the Cal Poly wine there. Mentored by the Orcutt Road Cellars winemakers and Cal Poly professors, Alec, and the other student winemaker, guided the Cal Poly wine through each step of the process, from harvest to sales, over the entire year.
In 2015 Alec earned a bachelor’s degree in Wine and Viticulture with a concentration in Enology and a minor degree in Plant Protection. After graduation Alec worked a part time Harvest Position at Niner Wine Estates in Paso Robles for the 2015 wine harvest. Each harvest continued to deliver further experience and mentorship under industry professionals. After harvest at Niner he worked at Sextant Winery in the tasting room where he gained valuable experience in sales and customer relations.
From Sextant, Alec was hired by Costa De Oro Winery as Assistant Winemaker and to work local account sales and tasting room events. As assistant winemaker at a small 6,000 case winery, his responsibilities were close to those here at Perrucci Family. Alec was able to work the winemaking process end-to-end, from crush to cellar activities (racking, topping, and blending) to bottling and sales.
Alec took spring 2017 off to work a harvest in the Southern Hemisphere, at Vidal Wine Estates, the oldest operating winery in Hawkes Bay, New Zealand. In New Zealand Alec had the opportunity to see winemaking outside of California. He learned about winemaking in a place with a sometimes challenging climate. That harvest had to endure earlier than usual fall weather with multiple rainstorms and even a Typhoon. After harvest was over Alec spent a month traveling around New Zealand before returning to Costa De Oro.
In December of 2017 Alec was asked by his family to come to take on winemaking duties at Perrucci Family, and in June 2018 he began the transition. He is now working full time and is excited to bring his wine making education and experience as the latest generation in the Perrucci Family winery.