As Consultant Winemaker, Terry Adams is directly responsible for guiding the Dutton Estate Winery’s wine program. Terry took over winemaking duties with the 2010 vintage. Working hand in hand with Tracy & Joe Dutton, Terry shares their commitment in allowing the expression of the terroir from the selected estate family vineyards at Dutton Ranch to shine through. With a devoted grape grower and winemaker, the results are unsurpassed and individually spoken in each and every bottle wine.
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 years of combined farming and winemaking experience to create some of the best wines Sonoma County has to offer.