Barbara de Brye


With Mary Day’s passing, the family put Hanzell Vineyards up for sale. In 1974, after following the recommendation of a trusted advisor, the Countess Barbara de Brye purchased the estate, sight unseen, and first visited the property the following year along with her then infant son.

Under her stewardship, Mrs. de Brye increased the number of vineyards to a total of thirty acres. Working with Bob Sessions, 4.7 of the new acres included the five Bordeaux varieties to produce Cabernet Sauvignon. Countess de Brye passed away unexpectedly in 1991 leaving Hanzell Vineyards to her young son Alexander and the operations of the property in the capable hands of Bob Sessions.