Meet Our Winemaker

Lorna Kruetz, Fog Theory WInes Winemaker

A Southern California native, Lorna Kreutz now lives in Santa Barbara County, surrounded by amazing Pinot Noir vineyards. She attended California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Horticulture Science with a Minor in Agribusiness and Viticulture.

Lorna obtained her start in wine production from Longoria Wines in Sta. Rita Hills in 2005. She still remembers the first time she topped a barrel and that early fascination with the synergy of farming, science and artistry that goes into making a great wine. She also fell in love with the AVA’s rolling hillside vineyards, and knew she wanted to be part of this highly acclaimed Pinot Noir and Chardonnay wine region. After a few vintages at Longoria as Assistant Winemaker, Lorna returned to school to pursue a Bachelor of Science Degree in Enology from California State University Fresno. While in Fresno, she worked in production at Fresno State Winery, receiving her degree in 2008. She then moved on to become Enologist and Assistant Winemaker for Summerwood Winery and Niner Wine Estates in Paso Robles. With Pinot Noir as her first oenophilic love, and the first wine she learned how to make, Lorna headed back home to the Sta. Rita Hills, in 2011, where she joined Fog Theory, where she makes cool-climate Pinot Noir from some of the best vineyards in Sta. Rita Hills.

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