Anaba winemaker Jennifer Marion believes the art of winemaking finds its soul in the
"I've always said you cannot trust a winemaker with clean shoes and soft hands,"
she says. "My winemaking philosophy is defined by attention to the details in the
vineyard as well as the winery."
She coddles each cluster, protecting the unique character of the fruit, and strives to
cultivate balanced vines. The entire process — from grape to glass — comes from
both her hands and her heart.
Jennifer's devotion to the vineyards began when she worked with Napa Valley-based
Crop Care Associates, one of California's largest independent agricultural technology
consulting firms. At the time, she was completing her Viticulture and Enology degree
at the University of California at Davis.
"At Crop Care, I learned what a meticulously farmed vineyard should look like," she
explains. As her career advanced and she assumed the role of assistant winemaker
at MacRostie Winery in Sonoma, the same high standards she set for growing the
grapes also became her mantra for making the wines.
At Anaba, Jennifer is director of both winemaking and vineyard operations, enabling
her to put her distinct fingerprint on the wine while staying firmly rooted in her beloved
vineyards. In addition to overseeing Anaba's estate vineyards, she also works
hand-in-hand with many of Sonoma County's most esteemed growers who own such
legendary properties as Sangiacomo Vineyard, Windsor Oaks, Ferguson Ranch and
"Anaba is a winemaker's dream," she says. "I have been given access to the best
fruit that the north coast soils can grow. We use state-of-the-art tools to hand craft
this fruit into beautiful wine and we're committed to all aspects of environmentally
responsible winemaking. With John's dedication to absolute quality and his ability
to assemble a team of people who bring rare and spectacular talents to the table,
Anaba has all the makings of world-class wine."