The People

Chris Leamy, Terra d'Oro Winemaker

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.

Chris spends his free time looking for a hobby that is half as much fun as his job.

Jeff Meyers, Terra d'Oro Vice President and General Manager

An integral part of Terra d'Oro his entire winemaking career, Jeff graduated with honors from the University of California, Davis Department of Viticulture and Enology in 1981 and became General Manager by 1986. These days Jeff oversees all aspects of the winery, including winemaking, viticulture, retail, and visitor operations. With his years of experience and encyclopedic knowledge of the region’s viticulture, Jeff has been instrumental in developing Italian varietals and Syrah in the region. He’s also helped to define a style of Zinfandel clearly and undeniably identified with Amador County and his wines have received awards and accolades too numerous to mention.

Jeff has a unique talent for producing Amador County wines that showcase the region’s robust fruit in a subtle, approachable style. His ultimate goal—to make rich, full-flavored reds ready to be enjoyed now, but still able to age and develop gracefully in the cellar for up to ten years. Jeff’s favorite grapes, Zinfandel, Syrah, and Italian varieties, are perfectly suited to this style.

Jeff has also created and designed one of the most important parts of winemaking at Terra d’Oro—ongoing vineyards trials. By studying and observing how particular vines perform in the Amador County terroir, Jeff can determine the best way to plant and farm Terra d’Oro’s 400 acres of estate vineyards to produce the style of wine he desires.

A genial baseball buff and avid Sacramento Kings fan, Jeff lives with his wife and two children in the Sierra foothills.