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Great wine represents the marriage of art and science

The Six Sigma LogoCombining Six Sigma methods with the traditional creativity and craftsmanship of winemaking allows us to create wines of consistent quality. Six Sigma's origins lie in mathematical models developed by engineers. It has since grown into an internationally recognized management process focused on producing high quality products or services to meet the customer's need. It achieves those goals through a rigorous analysis of data that drives decision-making and practices. Organizations as diverse as manufacturing, healthcare, insurance and sales have relied on the tried and proven techniques of Six Sigma to better serve their customers.

Owner Kaj Ahlmann's background in math and statistics gave him the perfect foundation for mastering Six Sigma techniques while rising through the ranks of General Electric's reinsurance group. Having seen its benefits across the varied businesses of GE, Kaj knew Six Sigma methods held great potential for winemaking. He was so sure of it that he chose to name the family ranch after the process he would employ in the vineyards and the winery.

What does Six Sigma have to do with wine?

At Six Sigma Ranch and Winery we combine the old-world art of making wine with the science of data-driven Six Sigma principles. To accomplish this, we have gathered a team of experts working with us toward a common goal: Making wine of extraordinary quality at an affordable price.

The data-driven principles of Six Sigma are employed, not only in the winemaking process as such, but in all stages of the winery business, including:

  • Vineyard site selection;
  • Selecting grape vine rootstocks and clones;
  • Vineyard pruning;
  • Grape harvest;
  • Fermentation management;
  • Aging; and
  • Customer Feedback.

In the vineyards and the winery, Kaj is as committed to Six Sigma principles today as he was when he worked in the corporate world. When you see the Six Sigma logo on a bottle of wine, you know what's behind it.

Kaj's Presentation for the Wine Business Institute