Theodora Lee

Theodora Lee

Theopolis Vineyards (Winemaker & Owner)

Theodora Lee, a partner and trial lawyer at Littler Mendelson P.C., is the founder and owner of Theopolis Vineyards. Her passion for wine began upon her arrival in San Francisco from Texas in 1987, primarily due to the influence of her law firm mentors, many of whom owned vineyards. This led Theodora to take several viticulture classes at the University of California, Davis, before deciding to develop her own vineyard. In 2001, she purchased sheep land in the Yorkville Highlands of Anderson Valley and began developing her vineyard. She planted it in 2003, formally establishing Theopolis Vineyards. The Greek name of the winery honors the name she was given upon pledging Delta Sigma Theta sorority.

In the wine world, Theodora is known as Theo-patra, Queen of the Vineyards. Wine Critic Robert Parker bestowed a rating of 94–96 points upon wine made from grapes harvested from Theopolis Vineyards, a spectacular showing for the vintner's first harvest in 2006. Emboldened by the great fruit produced in her vineyard, Theodora, a bold and dynamic Texan, decided to bottle her own wines in 2014. In addition to producing a richly intense and flavorful Petite Sirah, she strikes a lighter note by bottling a Symphony, a white wine varietal that is a cross of Muscat and Grenache Gris. She also produces a Rosé of Petite Sirah and an Anderson Valley Pinot Noir.

The Sunset Magazine International Wine Competition recently awarded a Gold Medal to the 2012 Estate Grown Theopolis Vineyards Petite Sirah. Wines from Theopolis, including the 2013 Symphony and the 2014 Rose of Petite Sirah, have won either silver and/or bronze medals at the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition and the San Francisco International Wine Competition.