|Anne came to California from her native Germany as a young woman in 1981. She became vineyard manager for Buena Vista Carneros Winery in 1983, director of vineyard operations in 1988, and vice president in 1997, having worked with some of the industry’s foremost authorities, including the legendary André Tchelistcheff.
She expanded the winery’s Carneros plantings from 540 to 935 acres by 1993, and replanted over 500 acres, carefully selecting rootstocks, clones and selections and innovating viticultural practices for each vineyard block.
Since 2000, Anne has led The Donum Estate as president and winegrower. Working with Kenneth Juhasz, consulting winemaker, Anne farms multiple vineyards in Carneros and the Russian River, Sonoma and Anderson Valleys, and has garnered great critical acclaim: recently she was featured as the “Princess of Pinot ” in the cover story of Sonoma Magazine’s annual wine edition.
Remarkably, of 27 Donum Pinot Noirs from ten vintages reviewed in the Wine Spectator, 26 have rated between 91 and 96 points.
Frieda GuercioA self-described “Air Force brat,” Frieda was born in Apple Valley, California, but spent her formative years in Spain. She studied zoology at the University of California, Santa Barbara, before becoming an art major. Frieda arrived in the San Francisco Bay Area in 1985 and worked her way up in the restaurant business. Her position as general manager and wine buyer at Bistro Don Giovanni in Napa brought her to the wine country in 1998 and she joined The Estates Group, the fine wine division of Young’s Market, in 2000. Determined to know wine from the ground up, in 2003 she joined The Donum Estate to become National Sales Director.
|Kenneth learned his craft dragging hoses in a cellar in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, working with Ken Bernards, now at Ancien Winery.
During his career, he has made wines from premier vineyards in Anderson Valley, Carneros, Mendocino Ridge, New Zealand’s Otago region, Oregon’s Willamette Valley, and Sonoma Coast for many premier wineries including Donum, Pali and Dunstan.
Kenneth also produces Burgundian varietal wines under his own label, Auteur
Tim Mott & FriendsTim is a successful serial entrepreneur and investor. Throughout the 70's, 80's and 90's he spent a lot of his time in Silicon Valley and just a little of his time in Sonoma Valley, but enough that he fell in love with the land, the people, and, of course, the wine.
Now he spends most of his time in Sonoma, where Anne planted and farms a small Pinot Noir vineyard, 1861, on his property there. Anne and he became friends and their friendship has grown into a business partnership, a quest, with Kenneth, to broaden what Blue Farm is today.
"I love Sonoma Pinots and Chardonnays and I love being involved in building something from the ground up, so for me Blue Farm is a complete endeavor: literally from the ground to the glass"
Tim is fortunate to count amongst his friends several who fell in love with Blue Farm as he had. Gary Borman, Michael Marks, Robert DeGennaro, Scott Harris and Susan Swig, all successful in their own right, have joined him in a commitment to work with Anne so that Blue Farm achieves its full potential.