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Our Team

Jeff Meyers
Vice President and General Manager

Jeff Meyers has been an integral part of the Terra d’Oro team since 1981—and in turn, the revival of Amador County as a premier wine region.

Jeff joined the winery after graduating from the University of California, Davis. Although attending the school with the country’s foremost wine program, Meyers was originally enrolled in bacteriology. His curiosity was piqued, however, by an acquaintance in the enology program, and he signed up for an introductory winemaking class. A week later, he changed majors, and ultimately graduated top of his class with a degree in viticulture and enology.

Initially hired at Terra d’Oro as enologist, Meyers then served as winemaker at Terra d’Oro for 18 years. With his years of winemaking experience and encyclopedic knowledge of viticulture in Amador, Jeff was among those who helped define the style of Zinfandel for which Amador County is acclaimed, and has been instrumental in developing Italian varietals in the region through extensive experimental plantings and winery production trials.

Today, Meyers serves as general manager and vice president, overseeing everything from winemaking and viticulture to retail and visitor operations.

Jeff Meyers

 

Emily Haines
Winemaker

A good winemaker understands terroir. A great winemaker understands how to push the envelope a bit to fully reveal what terroir can achieve. At Terra d’Oro, winemaker Emily Haines continues that tradition, shaping the next generation of wines from vine to bottle.

Emily graduated with a degree in biotechnology and biochemistry at Eastern Washington University and was working in a research lab when she took a part-time stint in a Woodinville tasting room. Seeing firsthand everything involved in the winemaking decisions—from fruit selection to fermentation to barrel aging—appealed to her scientific mind, and choosing to push the envelope on herself, quit her steady job to try her hand at winemaking.

Her foundation in science has served her well. She honed her skills in various positions with the Wahluke Wine Company in Washington, ultimately as director of winemaking for the portfolio’s MIlbrandt Vineyards. During her tenure there, she earned a number of 90+ scores from top critics, confirming her ability to bring a wine to its true potential.

The possibility to work with Terra d’Oro’s vineyard holdings attracted Emily to Amador County, and she joined the team in 2017, where her skills and keen palate have continued to refine Terra d’Oro’s nearly 50-year tradition of terroir-driven wines.

Emily Haines