With a career spanning three decades and four continents, Linda Trotta was named Winemaker for Jamieson Ranch Vineyards in 2017 and is responsible for the Double Lariat and Reata brands.
Previously Linda was Head Winemaker at Swiftwater Cellars in Washington State, a start-up winery where she had the opportunity to build a winemaking program from the ground up, earning critical acclaim for the winery’s first vintages. Prior to Swiftwater Linda served as Director of Winemaking at Sonoma Valley’s renowned Gundlach Bundschu. In her twenty years there, she implemented advances in winemaking techniques and vineyard practices, modernized the production facility and invested time and resources in the development of key winemaking and vineyard personnel.
In addition to her leadership roles in wine, Linda has worked harvests around the world including Italy, South Africa and Chile, and counts wine luminaries such as Zelma Long and Phil Freese among her personal mentors. She has also managed estate vineyards and worked with long-time grower partners throughout key wine regions in appellations within California and Washington.
A southern California native, Linda earned degrees in Enology from UC Davis and in Italian Art History from Universita` degli Studi di Padova. She has held leadership roles with Women for Winesense, the Washington Wine Technical Group and Wine Women, an organization that champions the advancement of women’s careers in wine. Linda speaks regularly at industry events and her written work appears frequently in trade magazines. She also serves as a judge in wine competitions throughout the country.