In 2011 Kate Kelly's, née Eschleman, father called her two weeks prior to harvest looking for some help in selling the current vintage of grapes. Instead of helping to find a buyer she and her four friends, Mike Kelly, Matt Kelly, Mark Freeman and Lonnie Buchanan, decided to use the fruit for themselves and take a crack at making their own wine. Spoiler: it's very hard to make wine.
Located on the east side of Sonoma nestled in what's called Pansey Valley sits Dick & Kathleen Eschleman's 1.25 acre vineyard of Merlot and Syrah vines. The vineyard was planted back in 2001 and has producing upwards of 2 tons of fruit per year.
Pansey Valley currently offers two varietals for purchase, 2014 Merlot and 2016 Red Blend. The wine is made of grapes from a single vineyard in the heart of Sonoma Valley.