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  • Steve Lohr of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines Elected Wine Institute Chairman 2017-2018

    Steve Lohr

    SAN FRAN­CIS­CO – June 14, 2017 — Steve Lohr, Chair­man and CEO of J. Lohr Vine­yards & Wines in San Jose and Paso Rob­les, has been elect­ed Wine Insti­tute Board Chair­man for the 2017 – 2018 fis­cal year. The elec­tion was held at Wine Institute’s 83rd Annu­al Meet­ing of Mem­bers in San Diego. Oth­er board offi­cers elect­ed were Chris Indel­i­ca­to of Del­i­ca­to Fam­i­ly Vine­yards in Napa, first vice chair­man; Hank Wet­zel of Alexan­der Val­ley Vine­yards in Healds­burg, sec­ond vice chair­man; John Sut­ton, The Wine Group in Liv­er­more, trea­sur­er; and Suzanne Groth, Groth Vine­yards & Win­ery in Oakville, sec­re­tary. Robert P. (Bob­by) Koch is Pres­i­dent and CEO of Wine Institute.

    Since 1934, Wine Insti­tute has helped winer­ies of all sizes as the go-to voice of the Cal­i­for­nia wine indus­try. It is an hon­or to have been select­ed by my indus­try col­leagues to work with Wine Institute’s expe­ri­enced team on core issues fac­ing our indus­try: poli­cies and reg­u­la­tions, tax­a­tion, enhanc­ing Cal­i­for­nia wines’ rep­u­ta­tion and com­merce both in the Unit­ed States and abroad, find­ing solu­tions to labor and immi­gra­tion chal­lenges, and pro­mot­ing sus­tain­able wine­grow­ing prac­tices that will con­tin­ue to make our indus­try thrive for years to come,” said Lohr.

    Lohr began in the wine indus­try in 1972 at the age of 10 when he helped his father, Jer­ry, plant their first vine­yards in the Arroyo Seco appel­la­tion of Mon­terey Coun­ty. Through high school, he worked week­ends in the vine­yards, fos­ter­ing a life­long pas­sion for viti­cul­ture. After grad­u­at­ing from Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty with degrees in civ­il engi­neer­ing and eco­nom­ics, Lohr split his time between wine­grow­ing, and design­ing and build­ing high-end cus­tom homes on the San Fran­cis­co Penin­su­la. He joined J. Lohr Vine­yards & Wines in 2003 as VP of plan­ning and devel­op­ment, and lat­er became EVP/COO of J. Lohr Vine­yards, over­see­ing the man­age­ment and devel­op­ment of the family’s 3,700 acres of estate vine­yards in Paso Rob­les, Mon­terey and St. Hele­na. Lohr has served as a three-term chair­man of the Paso Rob­les Wine Coun­try Alliance, and is also the chair­man of the Cal­i­for­nia Sus­tain­able Wine­grow­ing Alliance.

    Wine Insti­tute is the pub­lic pol­i­cy advo­ca­cy group for near­ly 1,000 Cal­i­for­nia winer­ies and affil­i­at­ed busi­ness­es, account­ing for 95 per­cent of Cal­i­for­nia wine pro­duc­tion and 85 per­cent of U.S. wine pro­duc­tion. Based in San Fran­cis­co, with offices in Sacra­men­to, Wash­ing­ton, D.C., six regions across the U.S. and 15 for­eign coun­tries, Wine Insti­tute is guid­ed by 80 vint­ners who are mem­bers and alter­nates on an active board of direc­tors. The board elects the chair­man and offi­cers on an annu­al basis.

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