Founded in 2000, the Nine North Wine Company is a unique portfolio of small handcrafted wines from Napa Valley, North Coast, Central Coast and California appellations. Nine North specializes in offering exceptional quality and value.
In 2009, Chris Nickolopoulos and Elijah Pfister were approached by a high-end winemaker friend who had some extra Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon: could they do anything with it? Samples were sent and both were greatly impressed with the quality. Moreover, given the recession at the time, it was available for pennies on the dollar. They took it all. Desiring a fruitier character in the finished wine, they also purchased several lots of Merlot and spent two weeks experimenting with blends until they hit the sweet spot. They branded the wine Ministry of the Vinterior (MOV) and the 2008 Cabernet Sauvignon was their first négociant wine.
While the gents were blending Chardonnay, Zinfandel and Pinot Noir for their MOV line, word quickly spread among winemaking estates that there was a discreet home to be found for the glut of wine that was in the market, and hundreds of samples came their way. Concurrently, retailers seeking proprietary blends learned of their efforts and they began to fulfill requests for them. It was an excellent business model in that stellar juice was obtained for a fraction of the cost and the consumer received appellation-specific wines that over-delivered at the price point.
In early 2012, Chris was approached by close friends who owned Nine North Wine Company. Established in 2001, Nine North released wines that were second labels of two high-end Napa Valley Estates. Chris and Elijah recognized the opportunity to significantly grow their négociant business with an established brand and the sale was completed in December.
Today, Chris and Elijah continue to have exclusive access to top notch California wineries and vineyard plots and release appellation-specific Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Zinfandel, Petite Sirah, red blends and rosé under 10 labels that are geared toward every day enjoyment.
Wine and fine cuisine had always been part of Chris’s life. He grew up in a Midwestern restaurant family and became serious and passionate about food and wine at an early age. Prior to founding Maritime, he spent several years traversing the globe, tasting great wines and building several of the most respected wine brands in the US today.
Elijah Pfister grew up climbing oak trees on his parents' farm in Northern California and in his teens looked to Sonoma and Napa to fulfill his rural yearnings, where he first gained an appreciation for viticulture and winemaking.
Nine North Wine Co.
We currently produce 12 wines primarily from Northern California, and are proud to introduce the release of the Lan-Yap Rosé and the Ten Mile Washington Red Blend.
Ministry of the Vinterior
Our first brand of wine made as négociants now includes a lineup of our North Coast Chardonnay and Cabernet, and an affordable Russian River Pinot Noir.