Artisan Profiles


Artisan Profile –Pedro Meza, fine furniture maker

Three hundred miles south of Napa in the Central Coast town of Santa Maria resides one of our most talented and personable furniture artisans – Pedro Meza. Pedro came to the wine barrel furniture profession in a curious way.  At the time he was in charge of wine barrel management for the large winery facilities of Beringer Winery. The time had come for Beringer to switch over to some larger style barrels as well as stainless tanks and they needed to “dispose” of several thousand oak wine barrels.

Over the course of several week-ends he managed to sell a few hundred half-barrels as garden planters from underneath the highway 101 freeway. He ended up selling the used barrels to other wineries and finally managed to get rid of the excess stock.

All the while Pedro was taking the barrels apart to see what else he could make.  He started using the staves to create candleholders, wine racks and chairs.  His week-end hobby soon turned into a full-time occupation as he decided to leave Beringer and focus full-time on creating fine wine barrel furniture. Today Pedro is one of the largest wine barrel brokers on the Central Coast and sells barrels as far away as Europe.

NGS - Barrel Furniture

Pedro's warehouse filled with wine barrels being hand-made into furniture

NGS - Barrel Furniture

Galvanized metal hoops from wine barrels will be fashioned into parts for different products.

NGS - Barrel Furniture

Napa General Store owner Jill Brandt with Pedro Meza

NGS - Barrel Furniture

Rafael grinding the lip of the barrel head to make it smooth

NGS - Barrel Furniture

Furniture craftsman Jesus smooths the edges of a barrel tray.

Efrain and Jill NGS 2015-03-25 12.51.47

The finished Lazy Susan being delivered to Napa General Store owner Jill Brandt

Artisan1 Eco Wine Furniture