Pedroncelli Winery in Geyserville changes direction

Julie Pedroncelli St. John has been named president of Pedroncelli Winery and Farms as she represents the family’s third generation at the helm of the Geyserville winery.

Pedroncelli St. John has worked at the winery for 37 years, most recently as a brand ambassador. She succeeds her father, Jim Pedroncelli, who retired this year after nearly 70 years in the wine business.

“It is an honor to be the next generation in the business to take the reins. We are a women-owned winery, so along with my sisters and my family, I look forward to the next steps in our succession plan,” said Pedroncelli St. John.

The winery has already undertaken an overhaul of its home grounds and barrel building and is planning further changes for its digital marketplace.

As part of other changes at the winery, Dave Trebilcock has been named general manager. Trebilcock joined the winery’s board last year and previously worked for Purple Brands and Vintage Wine Estates, according to his LinkedIn profile.

Lynmar Estate completes harvest with new vineyard

Lynmar Estate in Sevastopol completed its wine grape harvest which included fruit from its Hessel Station vineyard for the first time.

The 15-acre site was purchased by owners Lynn and Anisya Fritz in 2018. The site was planted with vines the following year, and the first wines of the 2022 vintage will likely be released in 2024.

The vineyard is planted entirely with pinot noir and located in Hessel near the intersection of the Hessel and Turner roads. The winery has nearly 85 acres of vineyards throughout the Russian River Valley.

“Hessel Station stands out as a very special winery because of its geographic location at the southern end of the Russian River Valley, where it is cooled by ocean breezes,” Lynn Fritz said in a statement.

“Adding this property reinforces our long-term vision of growing grapes in all the best pockets of the Russian River Valley. As the region warms up as you move north, each of our four vineyards of the estate produce wines that are distinguished from each other by their arrangement, their density and their character.

Farm pass applications available

The Sonoma County Department of Agriculture is accepting applications for its new program that will allow a select group of farmers to verify their property during emergency evacuations following wildfires.

The new scheme, approved by the supervisory board in August, allows farmers access to their properties in limited circumstances, but would not allow them to pick grapes. Applicants must complete a fire and worker safety course with such training provided in the language requested by the participant for Indigenous workers.

Pass holders will be allowed to perform limited activities such as checking livestock, irrigating crops or refueling emergency generators.

Applications are available on the department’s website. For the English version, visit and spanish goes to

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Elisha A. Tilghman