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.
As the daughter of wine industry pioneer Jerry Lohr, Cynthia Lohr spent much of her youth in the vineyards and at the wineries. 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.
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.Follow Along
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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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.Learn More
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 2019, Cynthia Lohr will once again lead a J. Lohr team of participants to the event. Stay tuned for posts and pictures of all the action.
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!