Dr. Palmaz, the inventor of the Palmaz Coronary Stent and his three generations of the family have sought to bring innovation and invention to the ancient art of making wine. Their background in the sciences, passion for living life to the fullest and years of backbreaking work have resulted in a unique winery situated inside an 18-story cave that combines cutting-edge technology with a respect for winemaking tradition.
The winery is built into an 18-story cavern in the flank of Mount George, providing it with not only all the benefits of gravity-flow winemaking but also the natural temperature control of a cave. By eliminating mechanical pumps from the winemaking process, gravity-flow design minimizes the turbulence that damages wines’ molecular structure.
Palmaz Vineyards’ gravity-flow and gravity-finish subterranean winery, the Cave, is a remarkable feat of engineering, harmoniously fusing tradition and technology to produce world-class vintages.
Shawn Lutwak was born 1971 in Chicago USA, his original dream was to be a professional athlete. His secondary plan was to practice law as he finalized is legal studies at the University of Illinois at Chicago. At the age of 21 in the summer of 1993, he was asked by a family friend who recently purchased a small winery in Napa Valley to move to there for a summer. He began working in the vineyards and then the cellar prior to sales and education so he could learn the business.
After being part of the corporate world, Shawn decided to return to his roots and seek a family owned winery within Napa Valley winery who focused on quality estate grown limited production wines. In May of 2007, the Palmaz Family and Shawn met and he immediately took over as Director of Sales for Palmaz Vineyards. While his initial goal was to create and manage a distribution around the country and export, his real focus is to share the vision of the unique facility that the Palmaz Family has created and represent the honor of family name.