Winemaker Theresa Heredia Theresa Heredia

When Theresa Heredia arrived in the Gary Farrell cellar in 2012, she brought with her a wealth of experience handcrafting cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. From the beginning, her goal has been to guide the evolution of the Gary Farrell Winery house style, adding her own personal signature while maintaining the portfolio’s hallmark elegance, balance and bright natural acidity.

With some of the top vineyard sites in the Russian River Valley and Sonoma Coast at her disposal, her approach is simple: “My goal is to take full advantage of specific site and fruit qualities to capture a pure expression of the vineyard. I want to get to know each block of fruit that we receive in the cellar, then tailor our winemaking techniques to fully capture what that fruit has to offer to craft a balanced, beautiful wine.”

Theresa works closely with our growers to ensure the fruit at harvest time delivers the best that the vintage, vineyard and varietal can offer. Her hands-on perspective has been gleaned from time spent in at Napa’s Joseph Phelps Vineyards and Freestone Vineyards on the Sonoma Coast, where she crafted the first Freestone wine and was named “Winemaker to Watch” by the San Francisco Chronicle.

Her passion for Pinot Noir began in the vineyards of France, where she spent time at Domaine de Montille gaining an authentic Burgundian perspective. Looking back on her post-graduate time at UC Davis, it’s not surprising that the Ph.D. candidate in chemistry was lured away by the call of hands on winemaking.

When not in the cellars of Gary Farrell or roaming through the Russian River Valley vineyard sites where our fruit is grown, Theresa lives in Santa Rosa with her partner where they enjoy all the amazing food, wine, drinks and outdoor activities that Sonoma County has to offer. Some of her favorite activities outside of work include traveling, camping, hiking, swimming, yoga and sipping on super creative cocktails.
RECENT REVIEWS Trip Advisor | April 2017 | 5/5 Stars “Great Tasting Experience”What a great wine tasting experience. They are remodeling their tasting room and they have set up these great tents for tasting. They are beautiful, comfortable and give you a wonderful tasting experience in a beautiful setting. Highly recommend it. Trip Advisor | March 2017 | 5/5 Stars “A Must for Wine tasting”This was the second visit we had made for the wine tasting, we were absolutely impressed!!! The staff was very friendly and made the tour worth all of our time!! Trip Advisor | February 21, 2017 | 5/5 Stars “Excellent wine in a beautiful region”Of the 30 or so wineries we have tried in Sonoma, Gary Farrell has the strongest across the board line up of Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays. Their current release shows the exceptional, fruit driven range of the region. A must hit in the Russian River Valley. The only downside is that they only offer a limited number of reservations, so plan ahead! Trip Advisor | January 5, 2017 | 5/5 Stars “Best wine, great ambiance!.”My husband and I visited on the weekend to Sonoma. We were referred by a friend. The winery tasting room is actually under construction but it did not hinder our experience one bit. We sat in a semi private beautiful, heated platform tent. Having been to many wineries over the last five years, we were very impressed with the entire wine tasting experience. Our guide was very informative and pleasant and the wines were just delightful! We can't wait to go back once the wine tasting room is finished. We have become members and can't wait to open our next battle ! Yelp | October 25, 2016 | 5/5 Stars “Superb tour and history of the winery.”Superb tour and history of the winery. I really appreciated all of the details about the vineyards they choose and the processes they go through. The storage area was immaculate and you could just feel the passion that goes into creating great wines. The tasting room was top notch and I loved getting to converse with the other people on our tour, finding out what they like and where they were from. Best of all were the views from the tasting area. The weather was overcast and cool, giving it an ethereal feel. I would love to take an evening tour sometime, I'm sure that's even more breathtaking. Trip Advisor | September 15, 2016 | 5/5 Stars “The Most Beautiful View in Wine Country.”If you are looking for an amazing tasting experience that combines very special wine with an unparalleled view -- go to Gary Farrell. Perched atop a hill overlooking the Russian River Valley, this is a fantastic break from some of the busier wineries in Sonoma and Napa. Quiet, peaceful, and with amazing wine. It's a truly special place. Trip Advisor | August 24, 2016 | 5/5 Stars “Expensive, but worth it.”This is the most beautiful tasting room and terrace that I have seen. It is way up a hill overlooking the valley. It is designed for the views which are fantastic. You can sit outside or inside at the bar and taste first class wines, but take your time as you enjoy the scenery because it is expensive and you will probably need a reservation. Trip Advisor | July 11, 2016 | 5/5 Stars “Another successful wine pick up”Gary Farrell is always a great stop. I live close enough to pick up and look forward to it with each shipment. I love that I can customize my wine club shipments and have not had a problem scheduling a terrace tasting. The employees are knowledgeable and friendly. The view is spectacular and the wine never disappoints. Yelp | June 7, 2016 | 5/5 Stars “Loved all that we tried”Have visited 6 wineries / tasting rooms this week. This is the only one that I am reviewing. VIEW-unreal. Simply stunning view. WINE-loved all that we tried. Big fan of lower alcohol wines because I like to actually taste the fruit. HOST(ESS)-Lydia was fantastic. Very friendly and enjoyed conversing with her and the others.
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