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JEFF RUNQUIST WINES
Jeff Runquist Wines is a small producer of single vineyard designated red table wines from throughout California. The winery and tasting room are located in the heart of the Sierra Foothills, in Amador County’s Shendandoah Valley.
After eighteen years of producing wines for others, Jeff Runquist launched his own label with the 1995 vintage of the “Z” Zinfandel from the Massoni Ranch in Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley. In the fall of 2006, Jeff purchased a five acre parcel in Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley. There, he constructed a small winery and tasting room that opened in May of 2008. In the spring of 2010, a larger production-oriented facility was erected adjacent to the tasting room, and the now all Jeff Runquist Wines are produced on-site. Recently, an adjacent winery building was added for case and barrel storage.
All of Jeff’s wines share a similar theme of fresh fruit reflective of the varietal flavors inherent in the grapes. Jeff believes that like pitching is to baseball, grape growing is to winemaking; the team will go only as far as the grapes will take them. Jeff has selected his grapes from vineyards that provide rich, full flavors without loads of astringent tannins. “We work very hard to produce balanced wines. Wines that will age and become more complex with time, but wines that can be enjoyed in their youth as well.”