The Red Tail Ridge Winery Team

Nancy Irelan Bio

Nancy Irelan

Winemaker and Partner

Nancy is the winemaker and partner at Red Tail Ridge. She has been in the wine industry for over 35 years.

Nancy’s career path includes a decade at E&J Gallo as VP of Viticulture & Enology R&D, a PhD in grape genetics in the UC-Davis Viticulture and Enology Depart, along with various consulting gigs.

After years of large volume production and mass appeal, Red Tail Ridge is a personal journey of introspection for Nancy, as she focuses on how to best represent the unique personality and terroir of her vineyard.

Each wine is a tiny time capsule of typicity that reflects a moment in the life-history of our little property.


Mike Schnelle Bio

Mike Schnelle

Vineyardist and Partner

Mike is the vineyardist and partner at RTR. you might say he took the road less traveled on his journey to the Finger Lakes.

He spent some time in heavy equipment construction during his younger days. After meeting up with Nancy and moving to California, he ended up going back to school and getting his MBA in Finance.

Winegrowing is yet another evolution for Mike. With a few short courses in viticulture, and a brewing certification from UC-Davis, Mike basically packed up the two dogs and his belongings and moved to the FLX to start Red Tail Ridge. Nancy joined him a year or so later.


Mr. B Bio

Mr. B

Guest Relations & Biscuit Sommelier

Our rescue Bueller takes his responsibilities very seriously and patrols the vineyard on a daily basis. he is always available for furry cuddles and sloppy kisses!

We think Bueller is around 6 years old. We adopted him a couple years ago through the National Great Pyrenees Rescue (NGPR).

While his first life was difficult, Bueller has adapted to his new life as family member and winery dog, and we can’t imagine life without him now.