Two Shepherds is the labor of passion founded by William Allen, well known Rhône enthusiast and former wine blogger. William was a garagiste for years before moving into commercial production in 2010.
Two Shepherds started as a one person micro winery in 2010. In 2015 William was joined by his partner Karen Daenen, a wine industry veteran, and head of consumer research for a multi-brand winery, as they moved into their own production facility in Windsor.
William focuses on day to day wine making while Karen, the Chief Shepherdess, runs foot stomping, blending trials, marketing, accounting, design and other key elements to the business.
Two Shepherds specializes (primarily) in Rhone varieties from cool climate or old vine vineyards and unique plantings, made with minimal intervention. Use of native yeast, no additions other than minimal S02, neutral barrel fermentation and aging, whole cluster, and unfined, unfiltered production are core philosophies of Two Shepherds. Production has grown from 175 cases in 2010, to 2500+ cases, still all 25-200 case small lots, thus William’s nickname – “insane master of small lots.”