Meet Andy Jones, winemaker and director of winery operations for Tamber Bey, which is located at the Sundance Ranch in Calistoga. Wine enthusiasts can find Andy either working the vineyards or happily managing the winery.
Since 2013, Andy has overseen all custom-crush production and is responsible for crafting delicious varietals under the Tamber Bey label. Their total annual production is almost 30,000 cases, and Tamber Bey wines represent one third of the total production. The facility produces Tamber Bey wines, as well as wines for 17 custom-crush clients.
Prior to joining the Tamber Bey winemaking team, Jones worked under winemaker Thomas Brown at his Black Sears facility in Angwin, Ca. Jones credits Brown for helping him develop his own winemaking style. He also credits Frederic Delivert, whom he replaced as Tamber Bey’s winemaker.
Andy has played an instrumental role in the opening of Tamber Bey in 2013, starting with the beginning construction of the winery and then management of every crush since then.
Born in Jackson, Wyoming, Andy began his career in the restaurant business. His early restaurant experience led him to San Francisco and the California Culinary Academy, where he majored in hospitality and restaurant management. Following graduation, Jones helped open Solage Resort in Calistoga, where he was the assistant food and beverage manager. While he was there, he met Brown, and ultimately went to work for him in 2008. Brown was Tamber Bey’s founding winemaker and is now consulting winemaker.
Andy loves making wine because every vintage is different. Winemaking is a very personal thing for him. “It’s a lot of fun to experience the nuances that come with making wine.” The weather, the growing cycles, and everything mother nature throws at him presents challenges he gladly embraces.
Tamber Bey produces nine varietals and Andy works diligently to express each of them during the blending process. What matters most to him is the full expression of the terroir for each of the varietals. Tamber Bey sources Pinot Noir from Sun Chase (Petaluma) and Walala (Northern Sonoma Coast), and their Sauvignon Blanc is sourced from Oakville.
Andy is known for his passion of the wine business, as well as his impeccable attention to detail in every aspect of the process. Jones credits his production team for the high standards that are maintained at the winery. “No winemaker can do a great job without a great team,” Jones says. “The production crew at Tamber Bey is key to our success.” He thinks about the people who make it happen because it’s definitely not a one-man job.
Andy is also winemaker for Vermeil Wines, which are produced at Tamber Bey. He has also launched his own label, Spinning Gold. His first release, 100% Grenache was bottled in December 2017.