Former trombone player turned winemaker, Jon Jones makes wine for others but Paravel is his.
We had the pleasure of a tasting with him, on his birthday actually, in the Henry Brothers Ranch Vineyard on Howell Mountain.
We tasted his Rosé made from 93 year old vines – the 2018 Mendocino Poor Ranch Vineyards Rosé, the 2017 Howell Mountain Henry Brothers Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon, the Howell Mountain Proprietary Red II, and the 2017 Howell Mountain Henry Brothers Ranch Petite Sirah.
Jon is by no means alone in his endeavor. His wife, two daughters and a big black dog are all engaged to make Paravel’s estate vineyard and wines a loving success. I say love because that is exactly what we felt as Jon described his family, his work and his wine.
Jon created Paravel’s first vintage in 2011. He’s been working, though, for 15 years with some of the big-boy wineries and currently works as an associate winemaker for 9 wineries.
Jon engaged us with stories of his wine making and some of the trials born in crafting exceptional wine, all while enjoying a loaf of his homemade bread, olive oil they produce, and his exceptional wines.
To purchase Paravel wines you need to contact Jon at firstname.lastname@example.org. Their wines are only sold directly to the consumer. They are still a very small producer and wine club members get nearly all the wine that’s available, but reach out to him. They are, without question, incredible wines made by an extremely talented winemaker!