Margins is a winemaking endeavor of Megan Bell, a winemaker living and working in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Prior to settling on the central coast of California, Megan received her BS in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis in 2012 and apprenticed in wineries and vineyards in Napa, the Livermore Valley, the Willamette Valley, Central Otago (NZ), and the Loire Valley (France).
Marginsproduces low-intervention wines using grapes from underrepresented regions, vineyards, and varietals. As a part of the growing movement in California to make wines from vineyards farmed organically or in organic conversion using minimal additives during the winemaking process, Megan's wines are showcasing the vineyards the grapes came from.
The name comes from Megan's belief that much like people living on the 'marginsof society', vineyards can be outcasts too. Most consumers of wine are only familiar with a handful of grape growing regions and types of wine. The goal of Margins Wine is to draw attention to vineyards and varietals throughout northern and central California that find themselves on themarginswithout the recognition they deserve.
Part of Megan's mission is to work with small growers to transition their vineyards from conventional to organic farming by providing guidance as well as assurance that the grapes will have a home.