Broc Cellars
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Broc Cellars


Our Story

The Broc Cellars story begins with a move from Nebraska to California. Chris Brockway grew up in Omaha and felt drawn to wine. Specifically spicy, brambly Zinfandels from California, and took a leap to move out West. He received an oenology degree from Fresno State and began making his first wine in 2002 – it was just one barrel. The following year he made three barrels, and by 2004 had 14 barrels of wine to call his own. Broc Cellars was born and had its first official release in 2006. At the time, the mentality surrounding California wines was “bigger is better”. Chris personally felt the wines to be too big, too much alcohol, too much everything. He set out to do something else. In 2008 he moved to his first winery space in Berkeley, which was originally known as Grape Leaf Cellars, located only one block away from where we are now. This is where Broc found its way.



  • Cabernet
  • Cabernet Franc
  • Carignan
  • Grenache
  • Pinot
  • Pinot Noir
  • Syrah


  • California
  • El Dorado
  • Mendocino
  • Paso Robles
  • Sonoma Valley


  • Tours
  • Wine Club


My Review

Recent Reviews

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Steven McCall

Winemaker/owner Chris Brockway is making interesting wines from off-the-radar grapes grown in off-the-radar locations. You're likely to find wines here you've never tried (or even heard of) before. Valdiguie, anyone? When you're ready to step beyond chardonnay and cab, Chris can introduce you to some new and fascinating alternatives. more...

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