Corinne, the winemaker, hails from South Africa and came to the United States in 1983. She settled in the Bay Area and toiled in High Technology until 2000.
Since her youth, Corinne has been passionate about the outdoors and was an avid equestrienne in South Africa where she competed successfully in Show Jumping and Eventing disciplines.
Corinne is also a lover of fine wines, and has always been intrigued by the wine making process. Thus, looking beyond High Technology, Corinne yearned to move to the country to start a horse ranch and a hobby vineyard.
When she happened on the Torre Ranch in Amador County she knew she had found the property of her dreams. However her priorities flipped: the hobby vineyard turned into a commercial vineyard, and the two horses which she acquired and planned to breed in 2004, are living a life of luxury, while Corinne, the winemaker, concentrates on her wine business.
Our Animals at Work and Play
Animals at Wine Tree Farm are part of the crew and have their chores.
Our sheep are in charge of weed control, the dogs are the greeters and our winery cat …, well she’s the on-site cat. We’re environmentally conscious stewards of our land and practice sustainable farming.
Meet Epi (Epimeliades)- Anatolian/Great Pyrenees that protects our sheep,
Giovanni, the Resident cat
Timber our Australian Sheperd door bell and greeter
Three of our 11 Baby Doll Sheep keetping the weeds dow