Julie Johnson

Julie Johnson

Tres Sabores (Winemaker and Owner)

Julie Johnson is the winemaker at Tres Sabores, founded in 1999 and located in the Rutherford area of Napa Valley. She began her professional life as a public health nurse. At present, she is the mother of six children and step-children, an optimistic and engaged winemaker and marketer, and married to winemaker Jon Engelskirger

Julie graduated from Bowdoin College in Maine and from Columbia University in New York. Along with her first husband, John Williams, and partner, Larry Turley, she founded Frog's Leap Winery in 1981. In 1990, in partnership with Michaela Rodeno, past CEO at St. Supery Winery, she founded Women for WineSense, an ongoing national organization whose vision is to support the appreciation for and responsible consumption of wine.

Julie is a passionate gardener and cook. She moved to her Rutherford property in 1987. Diverse and integrated, it is organically certified (CCOF) for grapes, olives, pomegranates, olives, lamb, and guinea fowl. At the end of the day, she sleeps best if she feels that she has been a thoughtful steward of the land and has capped off the day with a very good glass of wine.