Meet Our Winemaker

Raised in Palos Verdes, California with plenty of horses and surfing, Alison Green Doran was drawn into winemaking in 1973. Her father, Oil man and long time Alexander Valley vineyard owner, Russell Green, had bought the Simi Winery in 1969, and brought in Andre Tchelistcheff as a consultant soon after. By working as a harvest intern beside Andre for 6 months at Simi in 1973, Alison found both her life’s work and her mentor. Andre found her a 5 month “cellar rat” position in Alsace for the crush of 1975, and then an enologist position with a start-up winery in Paso Robles. After finishing her Fermentation Science degree at UC Davis, she began working for the Firestone Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley in 1976. Starting as lab technician, she worked her way to bottling supervisor and then to cellar master, and finally in 1981, to winemaker. The pioneering spirit of the Firestone Winery, its commitment to quality, and the ideal climate and soils around the vineyard, resulted in many award winning wines during her tenure. Alison became well acquainted with how to extract maximum potential for wine quality from a vineyard site.

In 1994, Alison married Mark Doran and they have two sons. She left the Firestone Vineyard in 2000, moving back to the family ranch and vineyard in Alexander Valley. She now serves several artisan vintners who approach site specific winemaking with exuberance and intensity.

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