About Greg Van Wagner
Greg grew up in central Pennsylvania. He was an avid cyclist and eventually earned a spot on the junior bike racing circuit. In 2006 he was offered a sponsorship from a Boulder cycling team and relocated to Colorado. Looking for work, he lucked out and got an interview with Bobby Stuckey. During his time at Frasca Food & Wine, service, wine and hospitality became his new focus. Greg spent several years at Frasca, followed by Oak at Fourteenth in Boulder, and then Element 47 at the Little Nell in Aspen. Greg found his new home in Aspen and decided to build his life there. In 2014, he became the Wine Director at Jimmy’s Restaurant, an Aspen institution since 1997. At Jimmy’s, Greg oversees a flourishing and ever-expanding wine program that currently offers over 1000 selections.
In addition to cycling and ski mountaineering, Greg’s passion is exploring the world. He considers himself very fortunate to spend two months a year during Aspen’s “off-seasons”, traveling abroad to wine and spirits regions around the globe. He has traveled to over sixty different areas around the beverage world, including Taiwan, Jurancon, and Turkey, along with the classic regions as well.
With a desire to document and record all that he learned on his travels and research, Greg designed a way to catalogue his knowledge and experiences in a new format, SommGeo. SommGeo represents thousands of hours and over six years in the making. He hopes this tool will be of great use and benefit to any wine lover as a way to explore the world.