Meet the team here at CALAIS Winery
Benjamin Calais – Owner and Winemaker
As a Frenchman with over a decade under his belt in Texas, Benjamin offers a refreshing approach to winemaking. Born and raised in the old world – Calais, France – he undertakes each vintage with resolve: because he insists on using only superior grapes, he limits his production in order to avoid sacrificing quality. This practice makes him a standout in the industry. He’s that serious about making great wine.
With an educational background in information technology, Benjamin moved from Paris to Dallas in 2007 to work as an engineer specializing in computer security software. What began as a hobby – winemaking – quickly took center stage. In 2008 Calais Winery opened in Dallas’ Deep Ellum, a neighborhood known for its restaurants, gastro pubs, arts. and entertainment.
Benjamin quickly made a name for himself in the Texas Wine scene over the next several years. At that point, the desire to live and establish a presence in the quaint community of Hye, TX led him to purchase land and move the winery to the Texas Hill Country. Doors opened in May of 2015 and the decision has proven successful.
As an ardent advocate for production of wines in Texas from 100% Texas grapes, Benjamin participates in various associations dedicated to this cause. His reputation as a collaborator and partner among local wineries, along with his vision for promoting Real Texas Wine, make him a respected member in the Texas Hill Country winemaking scene.
Gina Ross – General Manager
Gina joined the Calais Winery team in 2020, bringing with her almost 10 years of experience working in the Texas wine industry in many roles.
After graduating from the University of Texas with a degree in journalism, her first job took her to live in Western Europe, where her love of wine first began. Following a few other stops, the almost-native Austinite landed in the Hill Country and discovered that a challenging, yet endlessly rewarding career in Texas wine was what she wanted. She has since completed her Viticulture & Enology Certificate from Texas Tech, and is always looking for new ways to expand her wine knowledge.
Whether Gina’s pouring in the tasting room, assisting our much-appreciated Allocation List members, or helping in the winery, she’s excited to be a part of a team dedicated to producing premium Texas wine.