Linda Trotta

Linda Trotta

Jamieson Ranch Vineyard (Winemaker)

Teresina Family Vintners was named for the Trotta family’s grandmother, who paired her culinary talents with her husband’s handmade wines. Like all of Teresina’s grandchildren, Linda was introduced to the craft of winemaking early in life, thanks to the family’s annual home-winemaking events. Linda’s decision to study winemaking at the University of California, Davis delighted her grandparents, as did her subsequent decision to spend a year studying in Italy. At the Universita` degli Studi di Padova, Linda set aside her wine course-work to study Italian art history. Her first interaction with a commercial winery was a harvest at Santa Margherita Winery in the Veneto. Winemaking thoroughly hooked Linda, and in 1986, her professional winemaking adventure began.

She spent 20 years with Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma, California, where she started as winemaker in 1990 and ultimately served as director of winemaking and winegrowing. She produced highly acclaimed wines from the winery’s estate vineyards and led the winemaking and vineyard departments. Linda has also experienced winemaking in the Cape Winelands of South Africa and the Rapel Valley in Chile, expanding on the global perspective on winemaking that she began in Italy.

Linda moved to the state of Washington in 2010 as the head winemaker for Swiftwater Cellars. At Swiftwater, she developed a winemaking program that delivered her signature style of balance and elegance to wines made from Columbia Valley grapes, which have very different profiles than those grown in California's North Coast. In 2015, after crafting five vintages of wine at Swiftwater Cellars, Linda returned to Napa to establish herself as a consulting winemaker. She became the winemaker for Jamieson Ranch Vineyards in American Canyon at the southern end of Napa Valley in 2017 and manages production of Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Merlot, among others. In recognition of the quality of her wines, she was named Napa Valley Winemaker of the Year for 2020 by the North Bay Business Journal.

Linda spends much of her free time in her home garden, which includes tending a fig tree that originated from a cutting of the tree her great-grandfather grew in his garden. She is also the "Winemaking Forum" chair for WINE WOMEN, a new non-profit championing the advancement of women's careers in the wine industry.