Wine For the People is committed to cultivating community through wine culture with a greater impact. We see art in collaborating with nature and connecting to each other. We believe it is important for wine to have a sense of place, as it is to contribute to our own sense of place in Austin and the larger world.
Rae Wilson, Founder, Winemaker, Sommelier
Rae Wilson has been in food and wine for over 20 years. After working in many restaurant roles and learning beer brewing at Schlafly Brewery in her hometown of Saint Louis, she moved to Austin in 2005 and quickly turned her sights to wine. Soon after she acquired her Advanced Certification from the Wine and Spirits Education Trust and later her Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers.
She spent 2008 & 2009 working in cellars in Napa Valley and Portugal focusing on winemaking, and upon a return to Austin, established Wine For the People and began exploring the burgeoning Texas wine industry. In 2014 she started her first production, Dandy Rosé, established a vineyard in the Texas Hill Country, then co-founded The Grower Project production in 2016. She continues to build the Wine For the People portfolio, and aims to open a brick-and-mortar home for the business in 2019.
Sisi Berry, Operations Coordinator, Sommelier
Sisi Berry, started as a biology major, then turned wine chemist while working a wine production job during college. Continuing her education in viticulture & enology in Spain, she gained experience doing lab & cellar work in many regions around the country. While there, she certified as a sommelier, and upon her return to the U.S. she connected with Wine For the People in 2014 and quickly made herself indispensable, taking on a wide range of responsibilities. When not taking over the world with her wine talents, she runs a catering & events company, Mi Paella, and plays music with her band, Torino Black.