MEET OUR PEOPLE
Aaron & Maddie Shinn
Round Valley Ranches, Inc. / Growers
FARMING IN LODI IS...
Unique in the sense that the farming community wants each other to succeed, despite our differences. We collaborate, we share information, we lend a hand when it’s needed; we do all of this because we are better off when we work together.
HOW MANY ACRES DO YOU FARM UNDER THE LODI RULES FOR SUSTAINABLE WINEGROWING PROGRAM?
Of the 3,000 acres our family farms in the Lodi region, 2,500 of those acres are farmed under the Lodi Rules for Sustainable Winegrowing program.
IN OUR BUSINESS, SUSTAINABILITY IS...
Leaving what we have better off for our children.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU’D LIKE PEOPLE TO KNOW ABOUT LODI?
The wine industry here is resilient. Growers and wineries alike have always been able to overcome and adapt to the challenges at hand.
WHAT ITEMS ARE CURRENTLY IN THE CENTER CONSOLE OF YOUR TRUCK OR CAR?
Aaron: business cards, my wallet, keys, a corkscrew, and change. Maddie: hand sanitizer, mints, hand lotion, mask, crayons, and a Minnie Mouse figurine.
WHAT WOULD PEOPLE BE SURPRISED TO KNOW ABOUT YOU?
Aaron: I enjoy Crossfit, although you’d likely never know, because unlike most people who enjoy Crossfit, I will not talk your ear off about it. Maddie: I never check the weather because I’m married to a farmer.
WHO HAS BEEN THE MOST INFLUENTIAL MENTOR IN YOUR CAREER? WHY?
Aaron: My uncle, Jonathan Wetmore (Round Valley Ranches), is –without a doubt– the most influential mentor in my life. I have been fortunate to have many unique and rewarding opportunities thus far in my career, and I never discount the fact that all of them came from having a mentor who invested a great deal in me.
Pictured: Aaron and Maddie Shinn, daughter Eleanor, son Frankie and dog Dakota