Ryan Prichard joined Three Sticks' winemaking team in 2015 and quickly rose to become Winemaker in 2017 and later Director of Winemaking in 2023, overseeing all winemaking operations. With almost two decades of experience from esteemed Sonoma County wineries like Williams Selyem, Copain Custom Crush, and Medlock Ames, he excels in crafting distinctive estate pinot noir and chardonnay wines that showcase Three Sticks' iconic Sonoma County vineyards.
Ryan's passion for winemaking blossomed during a wine appreciation course at Cornell University, leading him to pursue a full-time winemaking career after earning a winemaking certificate from UC Davis and he eventually moved back to California to pursue a full-time winemaking career. His leap of faith paid off; Ryan soon found himself working with some of California’s best winemakers and Sonoma County’s most celebrated vineyards.
In 2020, in recognition of his accomplishments at Three Sticks, he was honored to receive the Rising Wine Star Winemaker of the Year award from LuxeSF and was named by Wine Enthusiast as one of the Maestros of Chardonnay in 2022. He believes in balancing contrasts in winemaking and is currently leading the winery's transition to producing 100% estate-grown wines.
Ryan is a panelist for The New "Grand Cru" of California Seminar on Friday, March 1, from 9:30am - 11:30am.