Tony Offill, a native of the Fort Worth Metroplex, joins William Chris Vineyards team as Assistant Winemaker. Offill has nearly five years of experience in winemaking and has completed several harvests both in the Texas Hill Country and Texas High Plains.
Offill made his debut in Texas winemaking during his tenure at Texas Tech University. While completing his studies in the Texas High Plains, Offill joined the team at McPhereson Cellars, where he developed a passion for winemaking and winegrowing under his mentors Kim McPhereson and Spencer Igo. He has since taken his passion for the craft and has worked to enhance the quality of Texas wines throughout the state.
Following his tenure at McPhereson Cellars, Offill relocated to the Texas Hill Country in January 2016 to join the team at Compass Rose Cellars. In the Texas Hill Country, Offill learned to appreciate the winemaking styles prevalent in the region, especially the unique winemaking style of Chris Brundrett, co-owner of William Chris Vineyards.
Now part of the William Chris Vineyards team, Offill works on the enology and fermentation management side of the production testing sugar levels, pH and other quantifiable numbers on fermenting and finished wines. While he credits his previous mentors to fueling his new-found passion, Offill is thrilled to work with one of Texas’ leading winemakers.
Chris [Brundrett] helped me acclimate to the industry and to appreciate Texas wine, Offill says. â€œI have always admired the winemaking style of William Chris Vineyards, and it is a pleasure and privilege to join one of the best winemaking teams in the state.
Offill’s approach to winemaking incorporates the French style. He is a proponent of minimal manipulation or intervention in the process – a perfect complement to the style of William Chris winemakers, Chris Brundrett and Josh Fritsche. He believes in allowing the fruit to come into its own for a more pure expression of the terroir and a more memorable experience for the end consumer. His approach also ensures the final wines truly reflect the characteristics of each varietal. In his work, Offill has become adept at uncovering the purity of Texas’ best fruit with his natural, minimalist and low-impact methods. He is most looking forward to working with the different varietals William Chris has to offer, like Tempranillo, Touriga Nacional, Trebbiano Toscano and Malbec.
“Working in Texas wine today is exciting because it’s a booming industry. We’re still young and the growers and winemakers alike are getting better with each vintage.”