March is National Women’s History Month. And Sunday, March 8, 2020 is International Women’s Day. Now through March, we’ll be celebrating the remarkable stories of our J. Lohr female team members. The #JLohrWomen saga certainly starts at the top, with the likes of J. Lohr White Wines Winemaker Kristen Barnhisel and Chief Brand Officer Cynthia Lohr. But J. Lohr is fortunate to have talented associates in many different roles throughout the vineyards and winery. Follow us on social media to learn about these inspirational women.

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Kristen Barnhisel

Globetrotting Artist

Acclaimed winemaker Kristen Barnhisel brings two decades of viticulture and enology experience spanning three continents to her role as winemaker for all our white wines. With an initial degree in Italian Literature, Kristen then followed her family’s deep winemaking roots. Known for her gifted palate and technical skill, Kristen presides over J. Lohr’s white wines winery in Monterey County.

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Forward-Looking Scion

As the daughter of wine industry pioneer Jerry Lohr, Cynthia Lohr spent much of her youth in the vineyards. As an adult, she chose her own path, establishing a reputation for excellence in strategic marketing and public relations, working with a who’s who of leading internet and technology companies. In 2002, Cynthia joined the family business as director of communications for J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines. Today, Cynthia is a co-owner and the winery’s Chief Brand Officer.

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At J. Lohr, talent and inspiration know no gender. Beginning in January, winemaker Kristen Barnhisel and co-owner Cynthia Lohr will headline our #JLohrWomen series of posts and features. Join the conversation as we introduce you to some remarkable personalities and fascinating stories from the new year through National Women’s History Month in March.

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Meet Cindy Paup, our VP of Sales Service and Direct Sales, who celebrated 30 years with J. Lohr Vineyards and Wines last year.

Cindy is one of several #JLohrWomen who drive our success.

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Our VP of International Sales, Shaune Zeleny leads J. Lohr's massive efforts across Canada. Did you know we're available in every province?


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Check out Forbes' article celebrating Cynthia Lohr’s leadership and how

J. Lohr is working to shatter “Wine’s Glass Ceiling.”

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The vines might be dormant, but our winemakers are not! Wintertime sees Kristen Barnhisel and her team hard at work in the cellars, stirring the lees in our J. Lohr Chardonnay barrels.

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Women of The Vine & Spirits

Women of The Vine & Spirits

The Women of the Vine & Spirits organization is dedicated to empowering and advancing women in the alcohol beverage industry worldwide. The group’s “connect, collaborate, commit” motto speaks to their sense of community and mission. The annual Women of the Vine & Spirits Global Symposium that takes place in Napa over three days in March has become a major event in the wine industry’s calendar. J. Lohr, as a Platinum Sponsor, is proud to have supported the Symposium since its inception. In 2020, a large contingent of team members will once again represent J. Lohr at the event. Stay tuned for posts and pictures of all the action.

National Women’s History Month

National Women’s History Month

In 1987, Congress designated March as National Women’s History Month – to “highlight the contributions of women to events in history and contemporary society.” International Women’s Day takes place on March 8. Join us throughout March as we explore and discuss some of the remarkable women that have helped shape our industry, country, and planet. Share your stories with us, as well!