Lisa Valtenbergs

Lisa Valtenbergs

Winemaker (Winemaker Emerita)

Lisa Valtenbergs grew up in Sonoma County and was noted by her parents always to be complaining about smells. Finally, a friend of her mother told her to put that nose to use, and so she took this advice by going into wine. She now knows that when you’re a winemaker, a sensitive nose can be a very good thing!

Lisa bolstered her natural sensory skills with hands-on experience and a solid education, developing a well-rounded understanding of the wine industry. She went to California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, where she earned a B.S. degree in 2001, majoring in Agricultural Business with a minor in Viticulture. While there, she spent a semester abroad studying international wine marketing at the University of Adelaide in South Australia. Lisa worked her first harvest at Tolosa Winery in Paso Robles in 2000.

Based on her undergraduate training, she started her professional career in 2002 at Kendall-Jackson Wine Estates working on the business side of the operation. Lisa then moved on to Valley of the Moon Winery as a laboratory technician for a year before returning to Kendall-Jackson for two and one-half years, rising through the ranks from production enologist to assistant winemaker. She joined Stonestreet in 2008 as the assistant winemaker, largely drawn to the winery by the opportunity to work with fruit from the Alexander Mountain Estate. After being promoted to associate winemaker there in 2012, Lisa was named Stonestreet’s winemaker in 2014 and remained at the winery until 2021.

She loves the diversity of winemaking, being involved in the full range of activities, from the vineyards to the cellar. To quote her, "I like seeing something to completion, watching the fruit ripen, coddling it and nurturing it, watching it progress until it becomes the wine you find in the bottle."

In her free time, Lisa enjoys mountain biking, snowboarding, waterskiing, and hiking. She also likes to travel and taste wine from all over the world.