Bruce Cakebread is president and chief operating officer of Cakebread Cellars since 2002. Bruce first studied Pomology (Tree Fruits) at California Polytechnic University in San Luis Obispo. When he decided to enter the family business he transferred to the Viticulture and Enology program at the University of California at Davis, where in 1978, he studied Enology and Viticulture.
After working alongside his father since the winery was founded in 1973, Bruce assumed the winemaking position in 1979, overseeing all vineyard operations and winemaking duties until 2002 when he became president and COO.
Discussing the Cakebread family’s philosophy of winemaking over the past 45 years, Bruce says, “We are very fortunate to have an excellent collection of vineyards and have worked alongside some of the best growers in Napa Valley for many years to produce consistently high quality wines over the past 45 years. These great vineyards, plus the fact that we have had only four winemakers over these forty-five years (Jack, myself, Julianne Laks and now Stephanie), allows us to produce consistency in quality and our balanced style of elegant and complex wines with a fine finish that fits seamlessly into any meal or any occasion.”
Bruce’s community involvement includes currently serving on the Viticulture and Enology Executive Leadership Board at UC Davis, he is a past member of the Napa Valley Vintner Board as well as served as its Chairman in 2010 and 2013, serves on the Bush Brothers Board and is an alternate for the Napa County Flood Control District.