Paul Shinoda opened Saintpaulia Vintners at his commercial nursery in 1994. "Saintpaulia" is the scientific name for African violets, which Paul grew at his nursery for over thirty years. In 2009 he was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, and the winery halted production. Since that time, Paul has become a leader in his Pedaling for Parkinson's program, and in winter of 2016, his granddaughter, Allyse Ingalls, joined the winery as an assistant winemaker and operations manager. The grandfather-granddaughter duo will produce Saintpaulia's first vintage in seven years.
The team at Saintpaulia Vintners uses traditional, Old-World techniques to produce high-quality, environmentally-conscious wines.