Sally Johnson

Sally Johnson

Curvature Wines (Consulting Winemaker)

Pride Mountain Vineyards (Winemaker)

School House Vineyard (Consulting Winemaker)

Sequum (Consulting Winemaker)

Sally Johnson’s journey to the top of Spring Mountain was a winding one. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, she was planning a career in the biotechnology industry when she headed overseas for stints in Brittany and Paris, France, to complete her degree in French literature, with a dual major in Biology.

While soaking up the Continental lifestyle, she became fascinated by the rich history of the wine industry, its connection to the seasons, and the craftsmanship involved in creating a distinctive cuvée. She returned home and enrolled in the Master’s Degree program in Enology at the University of California, Davis. There, her research centered on the effect of deficit irrigation on flavor development in Cabernet Sauvignon, leading to a passion for this varietal that has blossomed during her winemaking career.

After leaving U.C. Davis, Sally spent eight years at St Francis Winery & Vineyards in Sonoma County, CA. She took a brief hiatus in 2002 to work a harvest at St Hallett Winery in Australia’s Barossa Valley and also made Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah under her own label for several years.

In 2007, Sally joined the team at Pride Mountain Vineyards, where she also makes wine for custom clients, Sequum and Schoolhouse, and for golfer Cristie Kerr's partnership with Suzanne Pride on the Curvature project, a wine whose proceeds go to breast cancer research. Happy to dive into every aspect of winemaking, Sally can often be found hiking through the vineyards, tasting in the caves, or shoveling out tanks in the cellar. She lives in wine country with her husband and daughter.