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Judy Jordan Creates a Vineyard Company to Help Underwrite Mentorship Programs

Posted on September 29, 2015

Judy Jordan, founder of J Vineyards & Winery, announced today the creation of The Capra Company LLC, an organization based in Santa Rosa, California.

The Capra Company has acquired vineyard properties whose future profits will be used to help sustain nonprofit training and mentorship programs for young people. The Capra Company is dedicated to the idea that social change can be accomplished through nimble decision-making and flexible investment strategies.

This new venture comes on the heels of E & J Gallo’s purchase last March of J Vineyards & Winery, located in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley.

“Owning J was an entrepreneur’s dream and I could not be more proud of and grateful to the people, the wines and the devoted following that made it what it is today," said Jordan. “My next act will be focused on combining my love of the land with my passion for mentoring.”

Jordan, a Stanford graduate with a degree in Earth Sciences/Geology, also announced the purchase of three vineyards, one in Napa Valley, and two in Oregon’s Willamette Valley. The vineyard farming operations will be managed under The Capra Company umbrella.

The latest vineyard acquisitions include:
1.) Chehalem Mountain Vineyard — Chehalem Mountain AVA, Newberg, Oregon
(35 acres planted to pinot noir and chardonnay-75 total acres)

2.) Eola Springs Vineyard — Eola Amity Hills AVA, Rickreall, Oregon
(72 acres primarily planted to pinot noir and chardonnay-176.2 total acres)

3.) Sage Canyon Vineyard — Napa Valley AVA, St. Helena, California
(60 acres primarily planted to cabernet sauvignon, merlot, and cabernet franc-602 total acres)

“The Capra Company is based on the legacy of J Vineyards & Winery’s strong core values that include quality, integrity, respect, and a serious sense of fun. I playfully named the company after the Italian word for ‘goat.’ The Capra Company will strive to embody a goat’s sure-footed, independent, high-altitude approach to its surroundings,” Jordan adds.

"In this new journey as a grape grower, I am eager to learn more about these unique wine regions, while continuing my commitment to growing high-quality grapes in a sustainably-farmed manner,” said Jordan, humbly.

“The creation of The Capra Company and a future mentorship program is my way of acknowledging the many wise mentors who, over the years, have helped me in business and life. It’s also about honoring my two children, Robert and Nicole, who support this charitable giving idea."

Regions: California, USA; Oregon
Job Function: President/Owner/GM

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