Our winemakers work diligently to craft Austerity with all of the character expected of premier appellation wines – yet none of the excess. Sourced from select coastal vineyards, Austerity wines are crafted to be full-bodied, complex, elegant, sophisticated and affordable.
Meet the Makers
Mark Rasmussen has made wine at some of California’s leading wineries for over 35 years. In addition to overseeing the Austerity program, Mark serves as SVP of Winemaking for parent winery O’Neill Vintners & Distillers. Prior to O’Neill, Mark spent 12 years with Golden State Vintners where he was involved in winemaking and production across multiple wine regions and brands. Mark began his winemaking career in 1977 with Pacific Land and Viticulture and later moved to Sebastiani in 1982, where he became Director of Winemaking. In 1986 Mark started his own company, Global Vin and Beverage, where he was instrumental in the launch of both the Vinterra and Viansa wine brands. He holds an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and a graduate degree in Food Science/Enology from Fresno State University.
Kryss Speegle has held winemaking and enologist roles at O’Neill Vintners, Kenwood and Ravenswood. She has also worked for wineries in Napa, Mendocino, Germany and New Zealand. Kryss has served as a past judge for the San Francisco Chronicle and West Coast wine competitions and has taught wine courses at Santa Rosa Junior College and Napa Valley Wine Academy. She holds a Diploma in Wine and Spirits from the WSET and is currently studying for the prestigious Masters of Wine credential. Kryss received a bachelors degree from University of Virginia and a graduate degree in Food Science/Enology from UC Davis. While at Davis Kryss conducted sensory research for Dr. Ann Noble, creator of the Wine Aroma Wheel.