The Battle Family

An avid wine enthusiast and collector, Skip Battle had always dreamed of producing his own wine. When a cycling trip led him through the Alexander Valley hillside, he stumbled upon a property that transformed his longtime dream to grow grapes into a reality. Skip was eager to share his passion for building a wine brand with his children, and Dan and Emily have relished in the chance to create a family business. 

  • Skip Battle
    Skip Battle
    Founder

    Growing up in rural Rhode Island, Skip Battle did not have much exposure to wine until he moved out west to attend Stanford Business School. He discovered his taste for wine when his friends created a monthly wine club to explore different varietals and regions. Skip gravitated toward French wines, learning French winemaking philosophy while metaphorically sipping his way through Burgundy and Bordeaux. Years later, he developed an interest in California’s Napa and Sonoma county offerings.

    Upon finishing business school, Skip embarked on a 27-year career at Andersen Consulting, now known as Accenture. After retiring in 1995 to spend more time with his family, Skip become a senior moderator and senior fellow of the Aspen Institute, where he moderates the Henry Crown Fellowship and other fellowship classes at the Aspen Global Leadership Network. Not one to stay on the sidelines for long, Skip returned to business in 2000 as CEO of Ask Jeeves. He sold that company in 2005 and currently serves on the board of several technology companies.

  • Emily Battle
    Emily Battle
    General Manager

    With a keen interest in wines and building brands, Emily is excited to bring her business minded work ethic to Battle Family Vineyards. After a stint on the east coast for college, Emily lived in Seattle and worked at an advertising agency before moving back to the Bay Area to attend the Haas School of Business. Upon earning her MBA, Emily joined The Wine Group as a Brand Manager and Manager of Innovation. She applies her expertise directing the vineyard and building the Battle Family brand as the general manger.

  • Dan Battle
    Dan Battle
    Creative Director

    A Berkley native, Dan has always had an interest in art, music, and nature. Now he serves as the resident Creative Director and photographer for Battle Family Vineyards, bringing the majestic views to life through his images. While at Dartmouth College, Dan worked on the school’s organic farm for several terms, cultivating an interest in gardening and farming that serves him well on the vineyard. He majored in studio art and moved abroad after graduation, spending the next ten years living in Barcelona and Shanghai, where he worked as an artist and DJ. Dan returned to the Bay Area to attend graduate school in San Francisco, earning his MFA in painting at California College of the Arts. He graduated in 2013 and began teaching high school art and photography at The College Preparatory School in Oakland.

  • Patrick Sullivan
    Patrick Sullivan
    Winemaker

    Born and raised in Sonoma, Patrick earned his Master of Science in Enology from California State University, Fresno. He began his winemaking career at Peter Michael Winery and then moved to Rudd Winery, where we worked under winemakers David Ramey and Charles Thomas. In addition to his time at Rudd, Patrick has worked as winemaker at Lewis Cellars and Paul Hobbs Winery before joining Battle Family Vineyards in 2014. He is committed to expressing the nuances of the terroir through the wine and has used small lot fermentation to learn about individual blocks on the property. Patrick’s wealth of experience and winemaking philosophy make him a great fit at Battle Family Vineyards.