Spectra winery was realised to focus on our passion for the region and its ability to produce dry – grown and environmentally sustainable wine. Recently a new home was established on our holistic philosophy to winemaking which starts with climate, empahasises the importance on the vineyard, as well as wine’s relation to the food we love to grow, cook, and eat.
“I try to create wines that suit our climate and our way of life – wines to drink with the food we grow, make and eat.”
– Harry Jennings
Margaret and Harry Jennings both worked as Wine Consultants for the better part of the 70s and 80s. A strong love of wine eventually led them to purchasing Spectra Winery and beginning a life of winemaking.
Leslie Stewart is one of American’s most valued winemakers. She was raised in California where she spent summers with her family exploring the different wine regions of the nation. Her mother, a professor of Enology, gave her an introduction to and appreciation for wine.
Johnathon is a B.Sc. chemist and MBA graduate with twenty years’ industry experience in various industrial applications including the geothermal sector. He has worked in various business, project management, and operational roles for private and multinational firms.
Located on the west side of the valley, in the area’s best region. Incorporates two distinct vineyard sites, one on the west side and the other on land that slopes toward the valley bottom. Planted in 1999 this vineyard includes approximately of Merlot, each of Pinot Noir and Pinot Gris, and of Gewurztraminer. A little more than half an acre of Syrah was added in the spring of 2014.
Today we own and farm a total of about and also relies on long-term contracts with some of the areas top grape growers. The winery takes great pride in its positive reputation amongst grape growers as an excellent winery partner. The respect of the growers is reflected in the quality of the fruit that they deliver to us.