Winemaker Consultant


Jac SLO WINE 2013In my 30 harvests working in the wine industry, 27 of those have been in management positions, and 25 as Head Winemaker. I have worked with numerous varietals in a variety of appellations from cool to warm climates.  Working at wineries that range from 2,000 to 100,000 cases per year has given me a wide range of experience with equipment, personnel restrictions and responsibilities.

I started at Sylvester Winery, now Le Vigne Winery, in 2003.  In the years since that time we have improved the wines and the reputation of the winery to the point that we now have distribution in 10 states. The wine club has grown from 24 to over 1000 members and we are recognized as a major destination spot for the Central Coast.

In the 12 years at Topolos Winery, I specialized in Old Vine Zinfandels, Ports and small custom lots. I worked with a wide variety of grapes with a great degree of success.   As a result, one of our Zinfandels was even poured at a White House State Diner.

For 6 years at Konocti Winery, the Sauvignon Blanc Shootout rated us as one of the top 10 Sauvignon Blancs in the world every year.  We were part of the organization that created the Meritage Association.

At Mark West Vineyards we were leaders in the production of Russian River Pinot Noir, Gewurztraminer, Chardonnay, Riesling, Late Harvest and Sparkling Wine.

I would love to meet and discuss the possibility of working together.  I look forward to hearing from you soon.
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Jac Jacobs