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Frank and Teena Hildebrand Biodynamic Winemakers - NarrowGate Vineyard

Frank and Teena Narrowgate Biodynamic Vineyard
In 2000 Frank and Teena traded fashion industry careers for a new beginning in El Dorado wine country and have never looked back.

In 2001 they planted 14 acres of wine grapes, and in 2004 built a European style, small, intimate, boutique winery and cellar set amidst majestic Ponderosa pines at 2500 feet altitude.

Frank grew up in Woodland, California, an agricultural community and is a University of California Davis graduate in Managerial (AG) Economics.  He returned to Davis’ winemaking extension program to hone his skill.  Today, Frank is both viticulturist and winemaker at Narrow Gate, securing Biodynamic® vineyard certification in 2010 and winery facility certification in 2013. 

His passion for stewarding the winemaking process, from vine to wine, without chemicals, pesticides or additives, is evident in the vineyard’s biodiversity and soil health and in the natural quality of the wines he makes.  His work is his hobby – if he’s not farming wine he’s making wine and if he’s not making wine he’s enjoying wine!   To read more about Biodynamic farming at Narrow gate, Click Here.

Teena, a University of Colorado graduate in Business Marketing grew up near Portland, Oregon then moved to the San Francisco Bay Area. Following a fashion industry career Teena began teaching culinary arts in Newport Beach, California.  Along with her hospitality team, Teena oversees the business, wine club, marketing, food, and wine pairing events. She is the winery chef creating menus and seasonal dishes for the food and wine pairings, educational vineyard walks/hikes, and seated multiple course lunches. Teena served for 10 years on the El Dorado Winery Association board of directors as both President, and Director.Narrow Gate Vineyard Biodynamic Wines

Frank and Teena reside on the Narrow Gate land with their two yellow labs, two cats, 12 chickens, ten cows, and over 10,000 vines.  They have two adult children:  Gina, a 2015 Enology graduate from Cal Poly SLO, who is now making wine under her label, Lady of the Sunshine, and managing a vineyard transitioning to Biodynamic in Edna Valley, and Frankie, who is a marketing/product manager, professional photographer and social media influencer in Southern California.


Click Here to find Frank and Teena's amazing Narrow Gate Vineyards testimony to faith, perseverance and reinvention.



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