Meet Our Winemaker
Elyse Perry - Winemaker
Elyse has been working the wine industry for over ten years. She began her long love affair with Spanish wines in 2004 when she and her husband visited Spain. Elyse's passionate, thoughtful, and artful style of winemaking combined with Markus' grapes have been a winning combination for Bokisch since 2014.
Elyse found her way into winemaking in an unusual way; her first two post high-school degrees were a bachelor's in Political Science in 1994 and an master's in Public Administration in 2001. In 2008, she began her journey toward becoming a winemaker by working as a harvest intern at a winery in San Francisco.
Elyse was also a Cellar Worker (aka “cellar rat”) at a custom-crush facility in Napa Valley and quickly became Assistant Winemaker there in 2011.She somehow found time in 2011 to found her own winery, Egan Cellars, in San Francisco, where she makes small lots of Spanish and Italian varietals.
December 2013 found Elyse at Bokisch Vineyards in Lodi, again as Assistant Winemaker. In January 2016, she was named as its Winemaker and specializes in making Spanish varietals such as Garnacha, Verdejo, and Albariño, among others.
In her free time Elyse loves to hike, visit local breweries, and spend time in San Francisco with her husband.