The 1851 Team
John Rivenburgh is founder of Rivenburgh Wine. Established in 2016, the venture offers winemaking and vineyard consulting. Now partnered with 1851 Vineyards, John brings unparallel experience and knowledge to the young winery in an effort to continue to grow the brand of Texas wine.
He has pioneered new grape varieties for the state that have been picked up by other wineries, including Tannat, Sagrantino, Souzao, Charbono, and Picpoul Blanc.
Rivenburgh is a champion of sustainable practices and organic growing in Texas, and he uses groundbreaking technology in winemaking, including using flash détente and cryomaceration.
Rivenburgh is active within the industry. He helped lay the groundwork for the Texas Hill Country Wineries Association. During his three-year tenure as Member at Large, Vice President and President of the Texas Hill Country Wineries, the group doubled in size and matured from a small wine trail to a large industry organization. He was integral in developing the Hill Country Growers Committee and increasing education and research to establish more grape growers within the state.
He was Member at Large and Treasurer for the Texas Wine & Grape Growers Association, and he has served on the Legislative Committee for three years. During that time, Rivenburgh has been instrumental in furthering growth of the state’s wine industry, and he helped develop the bill that re-established the Texas Department of Agriculture Commissioner’s Advisory Panel for the Texas wine industry.
Previously, he was winemaker/grape grower and co-founder of Bending Branch Winery in 2009.
Junior is the jack of all trades. Truly one of the hardest workers you will ever meet, you might find him with a welder, in the wine tanks, or serving in the tasting room, and always doing it with a smile and zest that does not make you think he is working.