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Sierra Zeiter

Oak Farm Vineyards / Winemaker

HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN MAKING WINE?
I have been making wine for 9 years. I have been at Oak Farm Vineyards for the past 4 years but have completed a total of 9 harvests.

WHAT IS YOUR FIRST MEMORY OF WINE AND HOW DID YOU KNOW YOU WANTED TO BE A WINEMAKER?
I knew I wanted to be a winemaker at 10 years old. I help my parents make a barrel of Zinfandel and bottle it. I was in charge of the hand corker and when I sat there corking the wine I thought about how cool it would be to cork my own wine someday and see consumers smile when drinking my creation.

WHAT IS THE MOST DIFFICULT ASPECT OF MAKING WINE?
The most difficult aspect of winemaking is creating wine for the consumers and not yourself. I love earthy, light, vineyard-driven wines, but those are not always the bestselling wines. I must go outside of my comfort zone and make some wines which are not my favorite to drink.

ANY ADVICE FOR SOMEONE JUST STARTING OUT AS A WINEMAKER?
Being a young female in the wine industry, my advice to new winemakers is to start from the bottom and work hard to move your way up in the industry. Having a good attitude, staying organized, and working hard can get you very far.

WHO HAS BEEN THE MOST INFLUENTIAL MENTOR IN YOUR CAREER? WHY?
Chad Joseph (Joseph Wine Works) has been my mentor for the past 4 years. He has 30 years of winemaking experience and has showed me how to make the best possible wines out of any grapes. We keep wines clean, balanced, and beautiful.

DO YOU HAVE ANY IRRATIONAL FEARS OR SUPERSTITIONS AS THEY RELATE TO YOUR JOB?
I have lucky bottling socks. They have wine glasses on them, and I wear them every bottling day I have. I am scared at what will happen if I do not wear them.

Sierra Zeiter