Meet the team here at CALAIS Winery
Benjamin Calais – Owner and Winemaker
As a Frenchman with nearly 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.
Sheri Pattillo – Sales and Marketing
A sixth-generation Texan, Sheri brings a welcoming smile to the tasting room and business-sense to the operations. She joined the team at Calais in March 2016 to assist in every facet of the work. Her dual business and wine background give her a unique perspective in the industry.
Sheri enjoys teaching wine classes and discussing all aspects of wine from the vineyard to the glass. In addition to her MBA she holds the Wine & Spirit Education Trust (WSET) Diploma as well as being a Certified Sommelier with the Court of Master Sommeliers and a Certified Specialist of Wine with the Society of Wine Educators.
Maverick Calais – Winery Dog
Part Labrador and part Border Collie, Maverick’s energy permeates the entire property. He enjoys playing fetch and eating the breadcrumbs that fall from the tasting bar. Astute and obedient, Maverick elicits smiles and attention when he happens to be in the winery.