A country boy at heart, Thane Knutson, winemaker for Lockwood Vineyards, was born and raised on the plains of Oklahoma, surrounded by ranching and agriculture. He graduated with a degree in International Business from the University of Oklahoma, where he played saxophone for the Pride of Oklahoma Marching Band, made wine in his dorm room closet and worked in the cellar of a local winery in Slaughterville, Oklahoma.
After spending a handful of harvests making wine and graduating from OU, Thane moved out to Napa Valley and interned at Cakebread Cellars. Although Thane thought his winemaking adventures would take him briefly to Australia or New Zealand, his plans changed when he met the love of his life, his wife, Sarah and he decided Napa Valley winemaking was his calling. After deciding to stay in Napa, Thane spent two years at Hess Collection Winery as the laboratory technician before joining Raymond Vineyards just two weeks before current owner, Jean-Charles Boisset made his grand entrance. At Boisset Collection, Thane has been promoted from Laboratory Technician, to Enologist and now, to Lockwood Winemaker.
Thane’s experience with Hess Collection and their Monterey Chardonnay along with his major role in crafting Raymond wines inspired his passion for cool weather varietals and innovative winemaking. He is delighted by the challenges and terroir of the Monterey wine growing region and is excited focus his talents and passion on Lockwood Shaly Loam.
Thane currently lives in Napa Valley with his loving wife, two small kids, and Miniature Australian Shepard, Izzy. In his spare time, you can find him in the great outdoors, hiking and admiring the plentiful flora and fauna of Napa Valley. He finds the winter season with the rolling green hills of Napa Valley and cleanly pruned vines to be the most beautiful time of the year.