Winebusiness.com - Homepage for the Wine Industry

Star Lane and Dierberg Vineyards Announce Changes to Winemaking Team


Date: 09/07/11

Dierberg and Star Lane Vineyards have announced that Andy Alba, who has held the position of Winemaker since 2009, has assumed additional responsibilities giving him overall leadership and direction of winemaking and vineyard management. With his additional responsibilities, Alba will oversee all aspects of wine production at the company’s three estate vineyards.

Alba has been a part of the Dierberg /Star Lane since their inaugural vintage in 2001. Alba will oversee Assistant Winemaker, Chris Carter, vineyard managers, and the balance of the wine production staff. Alba will also be supported by Coastal Vineyard Care Associates, a third-party vineyard consultant that has assisted Dierberg / Star Lane since the start of the year.

Jim Dierberg, president and founder of Dierberg / Star Lane said about Alba, “We are very excited that Andy will be assuming full responsibility for our vineyards and all aspects of winemaking. Andy has invaluable knowledge about our vineyards and our wines from having been a part of the winemaking team since inception. I am confident that Andy’s leadership will take Dierberg and Star Lane wines to new heights.”

A San Diego native, Alba studied biology at UCSD, and remains intrigued by the natural chemical process. Alba began his career developing diabetes drugs at a Southern California biotech company. His interest in chemistry, coupled with a sense of wanderlust, brought him to the Central Coast in 1998 to perform wine analytics. The Dierbergs made their wine at the co-op facility where Alba was employed during the construction of their Star Lane winery facility. In 2001 Alba became intimately involved in producing their wines and understood the style they hoped to achieve. When asked to describe his winemaking style, Alba responds, “I try to produce wines that are natural, not overly manipulated, that reveal the essence of their birthplace. That’s how I know I’ve done my job.” In 2005, when the Dierbergs were ready to move their wines into the Star Lane winery facility, Alba moved with them. “I was a stowaway in the barrels,” he says with a smile.

Job Function: Winemaking

submit people news

Submit your press release and photo to people@winebusiness.com

wines & vines directory

Search wineries, growers, distributors, and industry suppliers in North America

latest listings

- winejobs.com  •  yesterday at 10:10PM PDT
- winejobs.com  •  yesterday at 10:04PM PDT
- winejobs.com  •  yesterday at 9:55PM PDT
- winejobs.com  •  yesterday at 9:36PM PDT
- winejobs.com  •  yesterday at 9:00PM PDT

latest winejobs

- winejobs.com  •  yesterday at 10:10PM PDT
- winejobs.com  •  yesterday at 10:04PM PDT
- winejobs.com  •  yesterday at 9:55PM PDT
- winejobs.com  •  yesterday at 9:36PM PDT
- winejobs.com  •  yesterday at 9:00PM PDT

latest used barrels

- used barrels  •  Apr 10, 2014 at 11:47AM PDT
- used barrels  •  Apr 9, 2014 at 12:27PM PDT
- used barrels  •  Apr 9, 2014 at 10:22AM PDT
- used barrels  •  Apr 9, 2014 at 10:22AM PDT
- used barrels  •  Apr 8, 2014 at 12:53PM PDT

latest real estate

- real estate  •  Apr 9, 2014 at 12:08PM PDT
- real estate  •  Apr 8, 2014 at 11:51AM PDT
- real estate  •  Apr 8, 2014 at 11:51AM PDT
- real estate  •  Apr 8, 2014 at 11:51AM PDT
- real estate  •  Apr 8, 2014 at 11:51AM PDT

latest used equipment

- used equipment  •  yesterday at 12:58PM PDT
- used equipment  •  yesterday at 10:22AM PDT
- used equipment  •  Apr 14, 2014 at 2:49PM PDT
- used equipment  •  Apr 14, 2014 at 12:50PM PDT
- used equipment  •  Apr 11, 2014 at 3:06PM PDT

latest services & supplies

- services & supplies  •  Apr 14, 2014 at 2:52PM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Apr 11, 2014 at 8:45AM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Apr 11, 2014 at 8:25AM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Apr 10, 2014 at 10:44AM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Apr 10, 2014 at 9:42AM PDT

industry events

Apr 18
CA
Search Events:

Copyright© 1994-2014 by Wine Communications Group. All Rights Reserved. Copyright protection extends to all written material, graphics, backgrounds and layouts. None of this material may be reproduced for any reason without written permission of the Publisher. Wine Business Insider, Wine Business Monthly, Grower & Cellar News and Wine Market News are all trademarks of Wine Communications Group and will be protected to the fullest extent of the law.