Sine Qua Non

Manfred Krankl, an Austrian immigrant and Los Angeles restaurateur turned winemaker, is a reclusive and maniacally hard-working proprietor. His back-alley Ventura winery, dubbed the garage d'or has been described as a junkyard (or the first or second level of hell), and compared to a set from the movie "Mad Max" by Robert Parker. A true believer in radical viticulture Krankl has worked with excessively low yields and maintains his winery and vineyards with meticulous attention to detail.