Founder & Winemaker
Bill Steele founded Cowhorn Vineyard & Garden with his wife, Barbara Steele, in 2002. Together they grow and make Cowhorn wines exclusively from the Cowhorn estate vineyard. As a Chartered Financial Analyst, Bill spent 17 years on Wall Street in sell-side equity research. He specialized in consumer product leaders such as Procter & Gamble, Colgate, Estee Lauder and Clorox. Bill continued to work in finance while overseeing the preparation and planting of the vineyard alongside the Upper Applegate River. He retired from Wall Street soon after the vines were planted and threw himself full-time into his new career as a winegrower and winemaker, building a winery and developing a vineyard crew in time for the first harvest. Bill is also the finance and operations chief for Cowhorn, as well as a popular figure in the tasting room.