Eddie Osterland - America’s First Master Sommelier
In 1973, Eddie Osterland became the first American to pass the prestigious Master Sommelier Diploma exam. He is an internationally acclaimed expert in the culinary arena of food and wine.
Gary Winder - Stage Ranch Founder & Leoness Co-Owner.
Gary Winder’s rich farming history is at the heart of Leoness Cellars. With over 43 years of farming experience in the Temecula Valley, Gary ensures that we farm our vineyards using only high quality sustainable farming practices and that Leoness receives the only the ripest, best fruit from our vineyards.
Mike Rennie - Leoness Co-Owner
As a farmer, first and foremost, Mike Rennie has always concerned himself insuring the highest quality wine grapes and sustainable farming practices. Mike joined Stage Ranch Farm Management in 1990 and created the vineyard division of the company. Leoness Cellars was born out of this and their lifelong quest to create world class wines from the finest vineyards in the Temecula Valley.
Tim Kramer – Winemaker
Tim Kramer started winemaking at the age of 22 and his passion led him to work under some of the best winemakers in Southern California. Tim has been the winemaker for Leoness Cellars from the start and he has left a mark on the Temecula region. Tim has received more than five 90 point scores on wines along with numerous Gold, DBL Gold and Best in Class awards from national and international competitions.
Pete Mousis - Assistant Wine Maker
Pete is an instrumental part of the Leoness winemaking team and works hands on with the wine every step of the way. Pete Mousis has over 13 years of winemaking experience including winemaking in both Napa and Chile.
Billy Bower - Director of Agriculture
Billy has been with Stage Ranch for over 25 years. His years of experience have provided him with a wealth of knowledge in agriculture practices and agriculture in the Temecula Valley region. He is an asset to our farming operation and ensures that the vineyards of the valley are sustainably farmed and provides winemakers with the best fruit.
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