Shawn moved to Napa Valley in 2001 to see what harvest was all about—and a love of winemaking was born. He has since worked 18 harvests, collaborating with some of the most talented folks in the valley (Philippe Melka, Thomas Rivers Brown, Mike Smith and Mark Herold) and making wine from almost every grape varietal under the California sun. In addition to crafting wines for his own ALTAR label, Shawn is the Winemaker for Tuck Beckstoffer Estate.

Shawn met his sidekick, Beth, on a blind date in 2015 and the rest is history. They quickly learned that they shared a love of spending time in nature, animals, cooking, and and of course wine!


Assistant winemaker LUDWIG

Proudly standing 10 inches tall and weighing in at 7 pounds, the feistiest member of the team is Ludwig van Cutehoven. He may be small, but don't underestimate this 3 year old who swims across the Russian River, blazes through eight mile hikes and is a professional camper. When he's not exploring the coast, he enjoys laying on a sheepskin rug with a good bone.