Donkey & Goat was founded in 2004 after we spent a year with the inimitable Eric Texier where we studied the art of crafting natural wines in the Rhone Valley. We are celebrated for being amongst a handful of Pioneers in the Natural Wine community (our daughters call us Old) because in 2004 we were unique for our ecological principles driving decisions in both the vineyard and the cellar and ten years later for being one of the first to list ingredients on our label. Today we continue to push boundaries and most recently with our initiating a dialog around the future of crafting delicious natural wines in the face of impact from Climate Change.
“As we look forward, we are steadfast in our focus to manifest a future where wildfires do not destroy our creativity and ability to make delicious natural wine.”
— Tracey Rogers Brandt
Iconic California Pét Nat
In 2009 Jared began experimenting with sparkling wine after sharing a bottle of French Pétillant Naturel (PÉT NAT for short) with another inimitable winemaker in Los Angeles.
“I was inspired to make Pét Nats by both the traditional Pétillant Naturel made by vignerons in rural France for their own consumption and the desire to make bubbles without any additives.”
— Jared Brandt
Investor and Founding Winemaker
California Orange Wine Pioneers
Stone Crusher – 2007
Grenache Blanc – 2012
Ramato Pinot Gris – 2014
Sauvignon Blanc – 2016
Alveare Marsanne – 2017
Stems & Skins – 2018
We work with a handful of farmers who share our ethos and drive to make delicious terroir-driven wine while considering the larger environment, planet, and our impact. We like to grow with a farmer rather than grow our list of farmers.
We currently make wine from the following California AVA’s and since 2021 we also blend these celebrated AVA’s to make Climate-Driven Creative Wines out of necessity.
El Dorado Farming with Goldbud Farms
“It took us two years to convince Ron to trust his Fenaughty Vineyard Syrah in our hands and we made our first vintage in 2005. That was the start of our longest grower relationship. Ron and Chuck Mansfield are salt of the earth, meticulous, passionate farmers who always think about the resulting wines with every decision they make.”
–Tracey Rogers Brandt
An Urban Winery Making Natural Wine
In 2006 after 2 years in San Francisco, we moved to Berkeley and built out our first winery at 2323-B 4th Street. In 2011 we moved into a new redevelopment a few blocks North at 1340 5th Street and built out our 2nd winery.