Elaine Lyttleton

Elaine Lyttleton

Hatfield Creek Vineyards & Winery (Winemaker)

Elaine Lyttleton has been flirting with the wine industry for as long as she can remember. Outside of being a devoted consumer, Elaine has raised investment dollars for a large winery operation, done the accounting and taxes for a well-known winery in Temecula Valley, organized an annual Wine Country Symposium for an accounting & tax professional organization which has taken them to most of the wine areas in the state, and led many wine country tours for family and friends.

Her flirtation with the wine industry ultimately led Elaine and Norm Case, her partner, to purchase six acres in Ramona, California, in 2006; the region was a brand new AVA at the time. She and Norm planted three acres of the property in Petite Sirah and Zinfandel varietals, and Elaine learned to make wine in her kitchen. After giving up her 25-year career as an Enrolled Agent licensed by the IRS to prepare taxes, she augmented her expertise in winemaking by attending Mira Costa Community College and receiving its Certificate in Wine Technology in 2011. A barn that houses a cellar in which she made her first commercial vintage of wines was completed in 2012, and a tasting room was opened in 2014.

Most of the winery’s production is from the estate, but offering wines from fruit produced by other growers in the AVA afford variety to the tasting options: Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, and Syrah are a few of the varietals available. Notably, since 2010 as an amateur and ever since, every wine she has entered into local and international competitions has medaled.

Elaine is active in the Ramona Valley Vineyard Association, and created the non-profit The Ramona H.E.A.R.T. Mural Project and serves as President. She also created Ramona’s first Art & Wine Festival, serving as Chair for several years.