Merry Edwards

Merry Edwards Winery | Sebastopol, CA

One of California’s first woman winemakers, Merry Edwards began her career at Mount Eden Vineyards in the Santa Cruz Mountains in 1974. She went on to become the founding winemaker at Matanzas Creek in 1977 and remained there until 1984. For the next decade, Merry consulted for numerous wineries, large and small, in Oregon and many diverse appellations of California.
In 1997, family and friends joined Merry to found Merry Edwards Winery, with a focus on producing Pinot Noirs with a sense of place from Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast. In 2008, she and her husband, Ken Coopersmith, completed their winery on the site of Coopersmith Vineyard, and since then they have continued to produce acclaimed Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay.
In 2013, Merry’s 40th year as a winemaker, she was not only inducted into the Culinary Institute of America’s Vintners Hall of Fame, she also won the coveted James Beard Award for Best Wine, Beer or Spirits Professional in the United States, one of just three women to win both honors. In 2017, the year the winery’s label celebrated its 20th vintage, Merry Edwards was named a Certified California Sustainable Winery as were all of Merry’s vineyards.