About Us

We deliver wines that are true to the varietal character and blended from California’s top wine regions to achieve our laid-back, satisfying “Dragger” style.

The Dragger Story

It takes a village ... people.

The original concept was born out of Gretchen's hopes for pot-bellied pig ownership and the couple's joint desire to build a quality wine that represents who they are. The deal was sealed during a family trip to lake Don Pedro (too many glass bottles!) Many supporters joined our journey with valuable insight and advice. Thanks to that collective effort, our brand was brought to life and we have never looked back.

Gretchen met Ralph while both attending Sonoma State's Executive Wine MBA program. Chris got to know Ralph over a two-week trip traveling through France and Greece. The three are forever connected and Ralph's designated Dragger status is confirmed.

Good people making great wine, none of the pretention.



Christopher helsel drumm


Ralph Hurd


You’ll need to slow down and take in the moments in order to experience living the “Dragger” life as we do. Enjoy Belly Dragger for any occasion - watching the sun go down, sitting around an evening campfire or a candlelit dinner with that special someone. We’ll keep making the wine if you keep making the moments. 

As we like to say... Keep Draggin’

Chris and Gretchen 

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