Our Family

 

Michelle Myrenne and Scott Willoughby

With a long farming tradition and a love of wine, Michelle’s parents emigrated from Germany in 1968. In the mid 1980’s the family established Seebass Vineyards in Mendocino County. Named for Michelle’s grandparents Ilse and Fritz Seebass, they have honored them with a commitment and lifelong passion for growing the finest grapes, as well as crafting fine wines. For over thirty years, the family closely managed the vineyard in pursuit of the highest quality fruit. Today, the Seebass brand along with the estate-grown fine wines, is procuring small-lot varietals from throughout Anderson Valley and Mendocino County.

michelle and scott

Michelle and Scott Willoughby

For most of Michelle’s life, the vineyard has been the focus of her family. Her careers in technology and legal fields in San Francisco gave her an excellent basis to transition into the day to day operations of a winemaking business, as she now oversees the finance, compliance, and planning of her company. Michelle personally oversees operations and welcomes guests to our beautiful Tasting Room in Boonville, California, in the heart of Anderson Valley.

Her husband Scott, has also transitioned from a technology marketing career spanning 30 years. In San Francisco he lead his own company that produced branding strategies, new business initiatives and advertising campaigns. Today he oversees marketing, working with winemakers, creative designers, distributors, restaurants and the trade to develop sales channel opportunities for the business. Together, with their son Aidan, the family is immersed in the winemaking business and making world-class wines.