Bettyann Spenker

Bettyann Spenker

Spenker Winery (Winemaker and Co-Owner)

At a home winemaking party, Bettyann met and fell in love with Chuck Spenker. In 1994, she and Chuck started the winery as an outgrowth of their interest in maintaining and demonstrating the high quality of their Zinfandel grapes. Their 60-acre property west of Lodi has been owned and farmed by the Spenker family for more than 100 years.

Daughters Kate and Sarah grew up helping their parents run the winery, doing everything from sloshing in the mud to explaining the finer points of winemaking to customers.

In 2000, Fan-leaf Virus, which causes vines to stop producing fruit, eliminated the economic viability of the existing grapevines. After the vines were pulled out, a disease-tolerant rootstock was selected and re-planting of the vineyard began in 2004. The 2007 Zinfandel and Petite Sirah vintages mark the winery's joyous return to production.