Jordan Vineyard & Winery has appointed Greg Miller to the position of Director of Wine, effective September 17, 2012. Miller brings more than 15 years experience in wine service, education, viticulture, and both classic and contemporary winemaking to the newly created position, having most recently worked in viticulture and wine education at Quintessa in Napa Valley. As Director of Wine, Greg Miller has myriad roles in Jordan winemaking and hospitality, from working in the Jordan vineyards, cellars and dining room to representing Jordan wines at events around the country. He replaces Ronald Du Preez, former Jordan Director of Education and Assistant Winemaker.
Originally from the Midwest, Miller followed his passions for fine dining service and competitive sports from Illinois to Colorado to Las Vegas to San Francisco before being accepted into University of California at Davis’s viticulture and enology program in 2009. He is a 2004 graduate of the William F. Harrah College of Hotel Administration at University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where he majored in beverage management with an emphasis on wine, served as president of the UNLV Wine Club and began his studies with the Court of Master Sommeliers.
As a result of his performance at UC-Davis, Miller won the prestigious Tastevin Scholarship in 2011, which was awarded by the Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin to fulfill an enology internship at the Maison Joseph Drouhin in Burgundy, France. After receiving his enology degree in 2011, he worked harvest in Beaune with the Drouhin family and served as a judge at both the 88th session of Tastevinage and the 11th session of the Trophée-Beaujolais Nouveau.
A decade of serving wine at restaurants to finance snowboarding, triathlon and marathon training has allowed Miller to develop a dynamic background in hospitality, education and winemaking.
“I am fortunate to have this opportunity to work alongside Rob Davis and his winemaking team,” Miller says. “Their combined academic backgrounds, professional experiences, and empirical knowledge deliver a winemaking approach that I find to be inspiring and completely in tune with what I have found to be important throughout my experiences. I am thrilled to now be contributing to their ongoing success.”
Miller will be interwoven into many of the venerable winery’s departments, including winemaking, viticulture, hospitality, communications and sales. He currently resides in Sonoma with his wife, Lauren, trains for the occasional marathon, and continues his studies to become better acquainted with the world of food and wine.
About Jordan Vineyard &Winery
Jordan Vineyard & Winery lies tucked into the hills of Alexander Valley in Sonoma County, where the iconic Jordan chateau, inspired by the great estates of France, overlooks 1,200 acres of rolling hills and vineyards with three quarters of the land dedicated to natural habitat. Today, second-generation vintner John Jordan continues to build upon the legacy of his parents, preserving the timeless winemaking qualities of balance, elegance and food affinity.