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About Us

JL WOOD is a family-owned winery with a laser focus on a superb and sustainable customer experience. We create modern luxury wines that are true to the fruit, delivering clean and bold flavors sip after sip. We use our independence to showcase outstanding lots of wine that otherwise would have disappeared into the oblivion of a 60,000 or 160,000-gallon industrial winery tank.

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Building on a legacy

Building on a legacy

Our family has been on the same land for over 100 years. The land has been very productive. The family has farmed grains, vegetables, livestock feed, cattle, and sheep. A UC Davis study in the late 1950s identified our district as being ideal for certain types of wine grapes, like Chardonnay, that enjoy a combination of hot summer days and cool nights.

JL Wood led the family into the wine business. Our wine grapes were planted in the late 90s. The rootstock and clones we have were carefully selected to match our soils and climate. The result has been very efficient farming and outstanding Chardonnay wine.

Sustainable by Design

Sustainable by Design

We are committed to modern and effective farming practices. We take note of the latest research and changes in our local environment. We use experts to help us implement the latest techniques.

Today, sustainability is key, and to get there we use every technique we can. Drip irrigation to conserve water. Internet-connected water and vine sensors in the vineyard blocks. Minimal usage of tractors. Permanent cover crops to reduce and re-use carbon in the atmosphere. Using natural predators such as beneficial insects and hunting birds to control pests. We annually review all practices and make improvements based upon our experience and the best practices of others.

And sustainability is important in our winery as well. A lightweight bottle of almost half the average weight. Minimal processing. Careful vetting of vendors. Evaluating the technical disclosures for products that we use.

We are very proud that our operations are sustainable-certified. These practices help us to reduce our carbon footprint, enhancing your drinking experience and allowing us to position our brand as planet-friendly.

Our Winemaker

Our Winemaker

Instead of relying on the many vaguely acceptable additives used in the industry, Ed Filice spends his office hours in the vineyard, tasting grapes, testing juice, and getting to know his raw material.

We spend many hours debating to determine the exact approach that maximizes each lot of wine. Then and only then does he decide how to elevate the raw wine into its peak expression with simple and natural methods and materials. No sugar, grape concentrate, or colorants. Just craftsmanship resulting from his over 40 years of experience.

Our Mission

Our Mission

If all this sounds complicated, complex, and expensive, it is. The owners, Paul and Carol Morrison, are committed to being great stewards of the land and our brands. That means doing things right rather than being focused on saving a buck here or a buck there and paying the price for those decisions later. Simply put, the family goal is to stay on the land, allow the land to be productive now and for future generations, and meet the high expectations of our customers.