AliciaWinemaker

Alicia Ysais
Senior Director, Winemaking

Alicia Ysais was destined to be a winemaker from birth. Born in the small farming town of Hughson, CA, she was surrounded by vineyards and had both of her parents involved with grape growing.

Alicia holds a biochemistry degree from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and intended to pursue a career in the health industry. Shortly, after beginning a Ph.D. program at the University of Arizona, she had a change of heart and returned to California.

In 2010, Alicia met with Cheryl Indelicato to explore Cheryl’s long-held dream of developing her own portfolio of wines, which she ultimately named HandCraft Artisan Collection. To implement this, Alicia immediately began to select vineyard lots from the Indelicato’s Monterey and Lodi properties that would reflect the style appropriate to Cheryl's goal, namely wines that are fruit-forward, distinct, easy to drink and pair well with food.
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Alicia's status on the winemaking team rapidly grew, and she assumed increasing responsibility for the production of red, white and rosé wines. In 2006, she was named to the position of Senior Winemaker for Delicato Family Vineyards.

In 2010, Alicia met with Cheryl Indelicato to explore Cheryl’s long-held dream of developing her own wine brand, which she ultimately named HandCraft Artisan Collection. To implement this, Alicia immediately began to select vineyard lots from the Indelicato’s Monterey and Lodi properties that would reflect the style appropriate to Cheryl's goal, namely wines that are fruit-forward, distinct, easy to drink and pair well with food.