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
- Karmen Dutton, Aspiring Winemaker (Karmen Isabella Pinot Noir)
Joe Dutton, Co-Owner Dutton Estate Winery & Owner & Graper Grower Dutton RanchJoe Dutton was born and raised near the town of Sebastopol on his family’s ranch in the Green Valley. In 1964, five years before Joe was born, his parents, Warren and Gail purchased a parcel of property near the little town of Graton just outside of Sebastopol. The property was planted to French Colombard wine grapes and apples. Warren and Gail and named this land DUTTON RANCH. Joe became interested in the family business as a young boy. He grew up picking apples; operating the farm equipment and helping his father oversee the orchards and expanding vineyards every day after school and during summer vacations. Upon graduating from high school, Joe immediately pursued the family farming operation. By staying on the ranch and working beside his father, Joe’s intuitive vision to grow the family vineyard holdings was unlimited. With Joe’s tireless dedication, perseverance and hard work, today Dutton Ranch consists of eighty parcels of property, totaling 1400 acres.1200 acres of grapes consist of chardonnay, pinot noir, syrah, sauvignon blanc, and a few acres of Zinfandel and Pinot Gris. California Certified Organic Apple comprise the remaining acreage farmed, and the majority of the properties are within the Green Valley-Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast wine growing regions. The Dutton Ranch headquarters are located on the original “home ranch”, planted to Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc as well as several variety of organic apples. The “home ranch”, which is also referred to as “Shop Block”, currently grows the oldest chardonnay vines in west Sonoma County, planted by Joe’s father in 1967. Download and read complete bio.
Tracy Dutton, President & Co-Owner Dutton Estate WineryTracy Dutton was born and raised in Sebastopol, California where her grandparents, Tony and Carmen Kozlowski established Kozlowski Farms in 1949. At a young age, Tracy began working with her family, picking fresh berries and apples, making jam and baking with her grandmother. She quickly learned the many tasks of the family’s booming roadside fruit stand and farm store along a main highway passing through (the now prestigious Russian River growing region), as vacationers traveled from all over to the famed Russian River Resort areas. Tracy worked from the “ground up” and by the age of 16, she managed the family’s retail store that expanded from fresh berries and apples to over 70 food products produced on the family’s farm, fresh baked pies and a massive holiday business shipping Sonoma County gift basket throughout the country. As Tracy mastered the retail operations, she began regional travels after school and on weekends to promote and sell Kozlowski Farms’ products. Regional travels quickly led to national sales by the age of 18.
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 Adams, Retired, Consulting Winemaker 2010 - 2017As Consulting Winemaker, Terry Adams was directly responsible for guiding the Dutton Estate Winery’s wine program. Terry took over winemaking duties with the 2010 vintage and retired in August 2017 when he completed the 2016 with bottling. Working hand in hand with Tracy & Joe Dutton, Terry shared their commitment in allowing the expression of the terroir from the selected estate family vineyards at Dutton Ranch to shine through.
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.
Robert (Bobby) Donnell, Consulting WinemakerBorn and raised outside of Dallas, Texas, Bobby Donnell traveled to Lubbock to obtain his B.S. in Restaurant and Hotel Management from Texas Tech University. While attending college he also helped start a fast-growing restaurant business. A visit to California in the summer of 2000 changed everything; he fell hard for northern California’s climate and beauty, and for his wife Shannon, who was finishing up her viticulture degree at UC Davis, and who would become his first link into the wine industry.
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!
German Zavalla, Cellar MasterGerman began his career in 2000, when he began working with his father in Alexander Valley. He learned the art of pruning, trellising, leafing, learning about the terroir and the excitement and adrenaline that accompanies grape harvest. By 2004, he was offered a position in the cellar, where he performed tasks from washing barrels, to the finer skilled tasks of post fermentation additions, etc. With barrel maintenance, to winery sanitization procedures that come along with assisting winemaker to-do task’s, German was quick to learn the detailed involvement it takes to make great wine.
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
Kyndall Dutton, Administrative Coordinator and Direct to Consumer Liason (Kyndall's Reserve Chardonnay)After studying Wine Business at Sonoma State University, Kyndall decided to join Dutton Estate Winery. Growing up, Kyndall loved going to work with her dad at Dutton Ranch and she always saw herself following in his footsteps. Being a country girl at heart, a day didn’t go by that Kyndall stepped in her boots, hopped on the Gator or four-wheeler and took a ride through the vineyards and orchards. Learning from the ‘dirt’ on her boots, Kyndall’s curiosity turned her to immediately loving wine at the age of 21. With a flip of a natural switch, organically Kyndall’s new passion made her look deeper into the business side of wine. Today, Kyndall is learning all the operational aspects at Dutton Estate Winery. She is active with all the parts of the winery administration, hospitality and she is a welcoming face and voice to the winery’s extended family of wine club members and winery guests. As a six-generation farmer, Kyndall 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.
Kylie Dutton, (Kylie's Cuvée Sauvignon Blanc)Kylie is a senior at University of Arizona in Tucson studying Business and Economics. Enjoying college years to the fullest, she is as an active member of the Beta Epsilon Chapter of Alpha Phi 2014-2018. Kylie left her heart in Sonoma County’s wine country when she began her adventure to Arizona. Tucson, with a population of over a half-million people, is ‘big city life’ for a country girl that grew up in a town of less than 10,000 people. Kylie quickly appreciated her country boots and hometown roots living a block from a large university of 40,000 students. There are many days, she thinks about jumping on the Gator or four-wheeler, and the open space of vast vineyards and orchards out the bedroom window. Actively pursuing the fact that Kylie will be joining the work force post-graduation in May 2018, her interests are beginning to lean towards the wine industry. Kylie has a passion for teaching her friends about wine, and the nuances wines offer from grape to glass. She enjoys educating others about farming wine grapes, winemaking and wine. Kylie would like to focus her natural passions of wine education to enhance her Business and Economic education somewhere in the wine industry. As a six-generation farmer, Kylie 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.
Karmen Dutton, Aspiring Winemaker (Karmen Isabella Pinot Noir)The youngest of three sisters, Karmen paves her path academically through her years of high school. A member of the Class of 2019, she is actively involved in Tomorrow’s Leaders Today, and enjoys playing tennis for her high school (among other sports). Focused on school, she is researching her college choices. Her eyes are set on a large university. Karmen keenly follows professional sports and is an avid sports spectator, so attending a Division 1 school is high on Karmen’s list of college selections. Working well with numbers, Karmen shows interest in Accounting. Time will tell. Until then, Karmen is enjoying her childhood. Growing up in a small town is easy for her to invite her friends to go on Gator rides and drive through the vineyards and orchards for hours at a time. Karmen has a heart of gold for her family and friends and cherishes her surrounding agricultural environment.
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).
Cynthia Newcomb, Winery ChefCynthia joined Dutton Estate Winery in 2007. Born in Massachusetts, she has lived most of her life in Sonoma County and has raised her two sons here. With a culinary degree, extensive wine studies and a life- long passion for wine, she has honed her skill in matching wine with foods. She likes to showcase the bounty of Sonoma County’s seasonal and artisanal foods in her recipe creations that provide perfect pairings for the wines. In addition to her work at Dutton Estate, she volunteers as a mentor chef working with teens for Ceres Project in Sebastopol, and likes to grow and preserve her own fruit and vegetables.