Virginia Lambrix

Virginia Lambrix

Winemaker (Consultant)

While on vacation in South Africa, Virginia (Ginny) Lambrix tasted her first "serious wine." At that time, she had received her B.A. in Psychology from Colgate University and was working for the Max Planck Institute for Chemical Ecology. Captured always by a love of nature and the out-of-doors, she determined it was time to learn about the art of the vineyard – viticulture. Within a year, Ginny was studying horticulture and agronomy in the master's program at the University of California, Davis, with an emphasis on viticulture and enology. Upon graduation, she worked at the Hendry Ranch in Napa, and for Concha y Toro in Chile. In 2004, Virginia visited a biodynamic farm in Chile.

It was immediately clear to her that the biodynamic principles of respecting nature and nurturing ecology within the vineyard made sense in both a scientific framework and on an intuitive level. She embraced the philosophy and made a point to study and implement its principles at every opportunity. With this knowledge, she returned to work in California for Lynmar and De Loach Vineyards, both of which are in the Russian River Valley. During her three years at De Loach Vineyards, Ginny worked closely with her growers, moving their vineyards to more sustainable farming methodologies and in the process, improving quality and moderating farming costs. Her mentor at De Loach, Greg La Follette, taught her to understand both vineyards and winemaking at an intuitive level.

Working side-by-side with winemakers Hugh Chappelle at Lynmar Estate and Greg La Follette, Ginny couldn't help but follow their winemaking with interest and began making wine. She brought her winemaking expertise to Truett Hurst Winery in 2008 and remained with the winery for 11 years, becoming Director of Winemaking. In 2011, she added the position of winemaker when VML Winery was established. She is now working on a new project with her husband, Kevin Shaw. Ginny was named as one of two “Best Women Winemaker” at the 2015 International Women’s Wine Competition.