Jeff Pisoni

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Jeff Pisoni, an enology graduate of California State University Fresno, took over the winemaking for the Pisoni and Lucia labels in 2002.

Pisoni Vineayrds…

This land has an identity.   These mountains, this soil, the rocks, the quality of air and the wind. All these traits contribute to a character unique to this very part of the earth. Our goal as a family is to work with nature, through farming and crafting wines, and to preserve this identity in wines that express this very site.

The personality of this land was first recognized when Gary Pisoni began planting grapes in 1982 — some of the very first in this region. Each year we learn more about the characteristics of our vineyards; farming and winemaking to steadily improve the sustainability of what we do, and the wines we strive to create.

Pisoni Vineyards

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Winegrower Gary Pisoni comes from generations of farmers who tended row crops long before he was born. His parents, Swiss-Italian immigrants, Eddie and Jane Pison, began farming vegetables in the Salinas Valley in 1952.

Gary planted his first 5 acres of own-rooted vines in virgin soil at 1,300 foot elevation. It took ten years of witchers and well drillers to tap into a water source on the sixth try. Water turned the wilderness into a garden and made Gary’s dream come true. The original vines are rumored to be from suitcase cuttings from a famous domaine in Vosne-Romanee, now called the Pisoni clone or selection.

Gary Pisoni of Pisoni Vineyards. Please visit them at



Hugel Winery

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Wineguys Radio Sept 10 2011 on Clear Channel AM760  We had the pleasure of having a member of the Hugel Family in studio this past weekend… 13th generation member, Jean Frederic Hugel. Arguably one of the best wineries in the world… yes we said it!!!  “One of the Best.”



Terra d Oro Winery

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Keith welcomes Chris Leamy, winemaker at Terra d’oro (

California native Chris Leamy received his degree in Biological Sciences in 1991 from the University of California, Davis. Chris joined Terra d’Oro Winery as Assistant Winemaker in 2000, honing his winemaking skills under the tutelage of then Winemaker Jeff Meyers. In 2004, Jeff Meyers assumed the role of Vice President and Chris was promoted to Winemaker. Chris is deeply committed to Amador County as a premier California growing region, particularly for Zinfandel and Syrah. He brings skill, passion and commitment to his role.