Winebusiness.com - Homepage for the Wine Industry

Sierra Madre Vineyard Hires Lane Tanner as Winemaker


Date: 03/20/12

Sierra Madre Vineyard Owner Doug Circle announced today that Santa Maria Valley wine industry veteran Lane Tanner has been appointed to the position of Winemaker for the vineyard's eponymous brand. Tanner will be responsible for preserving the legacy of the site, and crafting wines for the estate's Sierra Madre Vineyard brand. She will inherit the winemaking reins from long-time friend and colleague Steve Rasmussen.

"I am very pleased to bring someone of Lane's caliber into the role, especially since she has experience with the vineyard going back almost thirty years," said Doug Circle, who purchased the vineyard in 2003. He is referring to Tanner having made wine from Sierra Madre Vineyard fruit for the Hitching Post brand and her own Lane Tanner label as early as 1984.

Further, Circle explained, "Steve and I are pleased to be passing the winemaking baton to Lane. This will allow Steve to focus on his other projects and businesses in San Luis Obispo."

"I've known Lane for many years," said Rasmussen, "and I welcome her back to Sierra Madre Vineyard." Rasmussen will continue to operate his growing mobile bottling line business as well as other winemaking projects.

The Sierra Madre Vineyard brand produces only estate-grown wines grown in Santa Maria Valley, namely Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc and Pinot Noir. Originally planted in 1971, this certified sustainable vineyard also provides fruit to a number of other wineries.

"Sierra Madre Vineyard has always been my favorite vineyard, and I'm thrilled to be back working with this extraordinary piece of land," Ms. Tanner said. "This is my dream job."

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 2:50PM PDT
- real estate  •  yesterday at 11:33AM PDT
- winejobs.com  •  yesterday at 10:50AM PDT
- winejobs.com  •  yesterday at 9:38AM PDT

latest used barrels

- used barrels  •  Apr 18, 2014 at 8:06AM PDT
- used barrels  •  Apr 17, 2014 at 5:08PM PDT
- used barrels  •  Apr 17, 2014 at 4:15PM PDT
- used barrels  •  Apr 16, 2014 at 10:46AM PDT
- used barrels  •  Apr 16, 2014 at 6:11AM PDT

latest real estate

- real estate  •  yesterday at 11:33AM PDT
- real estate  •  Apr 16, 2014 at 1:42PM PDT
- 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

latest used equipment

- used equipment  •  Apr 18, 2014 at 2:31PM PDT
- used equipment  •  Apr 18, 2014 at 2:31PM PDT
- used equipment  •  Apr 18, 2014 at 2:31PM PDT
- used equipment  •  Apr 18, 2014 at 2:31PM PDT
- used equipment  •  Apr 18, 2014 at 2:31PM PDT

latest services & supplies

- services & supplies  •  Apr 18, 2014 at 8:47AM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Apr 17, 2014 at 10:03PM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Apr 16, 2014 at 4:58PM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Apr 16, 2014 at 6:24AM PDT
- services & supplies  •  Apr 14, 2014 at 2:52PM PDT

industry events

Apr 24
NJ
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.