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A brief history

With a passion for wine and a desire to produce small quantities of handcrafted, ultra-premium wines from the most distinctive and promising vineyards in the Napa Valley, Proprietors Julie and Justin Arbuckle formed Anthem Winery in 2009. Anthem’s guiding principle is simple: only the highest quality, from vine to bottle.

Crafting these wines is Winemaker, Jeff Ames. An explosive talent, Jeff has made some of California’s most acclaimed wines from some of California’s most notable vineyards. Estate Vineyard Manager is John Anthony Truchard. John brings a rare skillset, as he is an experienced viticulturist, an expert vineyard manager, and personally familiar with Napa’s top vineyards.

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Established in 2009

3454 Redwood Road
United States, California
94558

www.anthemwinery.com

info@anthemwinery.com

+17072270722

Meet The Winemakers

  • Jeff Ames

    Jeff Ames was born in Germany, but had a thoroughly Southern upbringing, spending most of his childhood in Memphis, and moving to Mobile, Alabama to attend high school. After high school, Jeff went to the University of Alabama, receiving a B.A. in History, with the idea of eventually attaining his law degree. But it quickly became clear to Jeff that law was not his calling. While working on his Masters in Education at the University of Memphis, Jeff took a job at a small wine shop to earn extra money. Wine immediately captivated him, and he began applying for harvest positions in wineries all over Oregon and California. He got back two replies, one from Lynn Penner-Ash at Rex Hill in Oregon who immediately hired him to work harvest.

    What was supposed to be a short hiatus from his Masters program quickly became a career and a consuming passion. Jeff came to the Napa Valley in 1999, and began learning every aspect of the wine industry from sales, at WineBid.com, to writing, while doing freelance work for Decanter Magazine. In 2001, Jeff was able to return to what he loved the most, winemaking, when he began working as assistant winemaker under Thomas Brown on projects including Schrader, Maybach, Outpost, and Tor. In 2003, he took over as head winemaker for Tor, where he continues to make critically acclaimed wines from some of California’s most notable vineyards.

    In 2005, Jeff launched his own label, Rudius Wines, under which he produces Cabernet Sauvignon and several Rhone varietals. Since 2008, Jeff has been the Tayson Pierce Estate Wines Head Winemaker. In 2018, he will produce a California Rose, a Hudson Vineyard Chardonnay and a StageCoach Cabernet Sauvignon for Tayson Pierce.

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