Phyllis Zouzounis

Phyllis Zouzounis

Zouzounis Wines (Winemaker & Owner)

Phyllis Zouzounis is a pioneering woman winemaker, having begun her move into the field in 1980 by working in the tasting room at Dry Creek Vineyard. This experience led to her taking winemaking courses at the University of California, Davis, in the early 1980s because she was intrigued by wine and was considering changing occupational fields. After 15 years of experience there, where she worked her way up from the tasting room and cellar work to the position of assistant winemaker, she moved on as winemaker and general manager of another Dry Creek winery, Mazzocco Vineyards.

In 1987, Phyllis and Jim Penpraze, her former partner in the enterprise but who retired in 2013, started their own Dry Creek winery, Deux Amis. It originally produced 100 cases of Zinfandel from a single vineyard in the Dry Creek Valley and ultimate produce over 1500 cases of Zinfandel from grapes grown in Sonoma County's Dry Creek and Alexander Valleys.

Phyllis also has been the winemaker for West Wines, Bedarra Vineyards, and Tre Ricci Wines in Dry Creek Valley and Starlite Vineyards in Alexander Valley. Until it closed in 2016, she was the winemaker for Raymond Burr Vineyards in Dry Creek Valley for many years. She has now transformed Deux Amis into Zouzounis Wines, of which she is the winemaker and owner and located in the Sonoma Valley.

Phyllis is a great believer in balance. "My focus is balance. Balance of the vine, balance of the fruit, and balance in the wine."