We are pleased to introduce our Winemakers Hospitality and Administration team, scroll down for bios and more detail:.
- Joe Dutton, Co-Owner Dutton Estate Winery & Owner and Grape Grower Dutton Ranch
- Tracy Dutton, President & Co-Owner Dutton Estate Winery
- Terry Adams, Retired, Consulting Winemaker 2008 through 2017
- Robert Donnell, Consulting Winemaker
- German Zavala, Cellar Master
- Jose Paniagua, Cellar Assistant
- Ruben Lopez, General Manager
- Kyndall Dutton, Administrative Coordinator and Direct to Consumer Liason (Kyndall's Reserve Chardonnay)
- Cynthia Newcomb, Winery Chef
- Lacey Hunter, Director Of Hospitality and Wine Club
- Chris Gregus, Hospitality Lead & Wine Educator
- Jenny Salbik, Hospitality & Wine Educator
- Lisa Varner, Hospitality & Wine Educator
- Jordyn Scarritt, Hospitality & Wine Educator
Jeff Battis, Hospitality & Wine Educator
- Karmen Dutton, Aspiring Winemaker (Karmen Isabella Pinot Noir)
In 1992, Tracy studied Marketing at California State University, Chico and transferred to Sonoma State to finish her studies in Economics. Upon completion of college, Tracy returned to Kozlowski Farms with a full-time position in the accounting department and enjoyed opportunities to travel with Carol Kozlowski, her mom, Vice-President of Sales for the family business. Shortly upon Tracy’s return from college, she met and married the boy from a ranch next door, Joe Dutton. Download and read complete bio.
Terry’s illustrious career dates back to 1981 when he began his winemaking trek at Sonoma-Cutrer. In 1991, after spending 10 years under the tutelage of the winery’s founding winemaker, Terry took over as Director of Winemaking where he stayed until his retirement in the summer of 2010. Over the years, Terry has refined his personal winemaking style and philosophy, enhancing his three decades of experience in the vineyard and cellar with regular forays to Burgundy, where he exchanges ideas with some of the finest Chardonnay and Pinot Noir producers.
These days when Terry is not working the stressful days of crush, he enjoys traveling the coast in is vintage Streamline motor home or fly fishing the streams of the great Northwest. Asked why he decided to “partially postpone retirement” Terry said, “Back in 2005 while enjoying a bottle of Dutton Estate Chardonnay I said to myself, I can see myself making wine at Dutton Estate.” Although not sure why he had these thoughts back then, he never questioned the opportunity when Joe & Tracy Dutton came a knocking requesting his artistic services to produce the family wines. Together Joe, Tracy and Terry have fused together over a 100 year of combined farming and winemaking experience to create some of the best wines Sonoma County offers.
Immersing himself in the world of wine, Bobby first worked at Beringer as a Lab Tech and Cellar Hand, followed by a full-time cellar position at St. Clement Vineyards in St. Helena, where winemaker Aaron Pott became a mentor. After St. Clement, Bobby went to work at Provenance Vineyards, where he helped manage the Lab and Cellar operations for 6 years. He went back to school at the same time, earning his Winemaking Certificate from UC Davis in 2009.
In 2012 Bobby joined Amici Cellars as the Assistant Winemaker and was quickly promoted to Winemaker. During his time at Amici Cellars he created wines from some of the best vineyards in Napa Valley, such as To Kalon and Missouri Hopper. Along with hand crafting Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc, Bobby had the opportunity to produce Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley. This is when Bobby found his calling, producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from the Russian River Valley, was a true passion. At the same time, Bobby and his family found a home here in the Russian River, moving back to his wife’s hometown of Sebastopol. Here, they are closer to the land that they love, and where they want to raise their three children, Savannah, Logan and Norah.
In summer of 2017, when Bobby was asked to join the Dutton Estate team as the Consulting Winemaker, it was an easy decision. This was his dream job… producing small lot Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, from Estate Grown Vineyards and working with one of the best-known families in Sonoma County. He considers himself lucky for this opportunity!
In 2008, German moved to the “Dutton Valley”, when he married his wife, Griselda. Griselda’s father has been the Foreman for Dutton Ranch for nearly 50 years. German, somewhat married into the Dutton Family.
In 2010, German began working for Dutton Estate Winery as Cellar Master and working with the winery’s consulting winemaker, Terry Adams.
“Working with the Dutton Family has allowed me to develop my knowledge in the winemaking business and creating handcrafted wines. My duties as their Cellar Master is making sure that all winemaking tasks are completed in a quality and timely manner. I take pride to ensure great quality wine to represent the Dutton Family and their fruit. Aside from making wine, I really love talking to our guests and taking visitors on tours of the working winery. This allows me to share my passion that I have for making wine.” ~ German Zavala
As a six-generation farmer, Karmen is dedicated to sustaining agriculture and agri-business in Sonoma County through winemaking and continued land preservation through her family’s vineyards and orchards at Dutton Ranch. (At least, this is how she feels today).