Lisa Evich

Lisa Evich

Simi Winery (Director of Winemaking)

Lisa Evich hails from Santa Rosa, CA, and fell in love with the rich food and wine culture of Sonoma County at an early age. She attended college at Sonoma State University, majoring in Environmental Studies and Planning, with a dual emphasis in Water Quality and Hazardous Materials Management. Working as a laboratory technician at William Hill Winery during harvest season convinced her to pursue a career in winemaking.

After graduating in 2001, Lisa joined Simi Winery, where she spent nine years learning the art and science of winemaking. This was followed by a position as enologist at Pine Ridge Vineyards in mid-2010 and two years later, as assistant winemaker at Arrowood Vineyards & Winery. She returned to Simi in 2015 as winemaker, working alongside Susan Lueker, Director of Winemaking at the time. Lisa subsequently completed the University of California, Davis, Winemaking Certificate Program and a Wine Executive MBA from Sonoma State University.

In 2022, Lisa was named Director of Winemaking at Simi, where she oversees the production of Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot Noir, among other varietals.

Lisa’s philosophy regarding winemaking is, in her own words, “When crafting exceptional wines, the key is to keep the big picture and the details in focus all at once.”