Theresa Heredia

Theresa Heredia

Gary Farrell Wines (Winemaker)

Theresa Heredia earned a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. She went on for three years of study in the chemistry and viticulture/enology Ph.D. program at the University of California, Davis. However, she left the program before completing this degree because of her compelling desire to be a hands-on winemaker.

Toward this end, Theresa accepted a position as enologist at Saintsbury in Napa and worked her first harvest there in 2001. She then joined Joseph Phelps Vineyards in 2002, working for its Freestone Vineyards entity and making the first vintage of Freestone wines that year. It was an experimental project for Phelps at the time, and one that ultimately resulted in the opening of the new Freestone winery in the Sonoma Coast in 2007. Theresa garnered significant critical acclaim for her Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varietals as winemaker there. Throughout her association with Joseph Phelps Vineyards, Theresa benefitted from mentoring from Craig Williams, its renowned winemaker.

She gained further expertise in the Burgundian style of winemaking by working the 2006 harvest at Domaine de Montille in Volnay, France and returning to Burgundy in 2008 for a brief apprenticeship at Domaine Comte Armand in Pommard to gain experience in pruning. Theresa continued as the winemaker at Freestone until May 2012, when she became the winemaker at Gary Farrell Winery, bringing her hands-on Burgundian perspective to its wines. The winery specializes in producing Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, an excellent fit with Theresa’s talents.

Theresa was named “Winemaker to Watch” by the San Francisco Chronicle in 2012, a recognition that reflects her interest in wines that truly express the source of the fruit and her willingness to try different techniques for winemaking.