July 26, 2019 (Santa Ynez Valley, CA) — Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards, producer of cool-climate, vineyard-designated wines from the Sta. Rita Hills AVA in Santa Barbara County, is pleased to welcome Samra Morris to the team as Assistant Winemaker.
Born and raised in Bosnia, Morris holds both her Bachelors and Masters degrees in Food Sciences from The University of Sarajevo, College of Agricultural and Food Sciences. Post-graduation, Morris interned in the Department of Enology at The University of Sarajevo before deciding to pursue a winemaking career. Morris got her start as a tasting room associate in Napa Valley, then went on to intern in the vineyard for St. Supery, spent three harvests as a harvest intern for esteemed winemaker Thomas Rivers Brown and was part of the cellar team for Michael Mondavi Family Estate. In 2017, Morris joined the Free Flow Wines team as a lab assistant, was promoted to lab supervisor the following year and then to QC manager in 2019, where she was responsible for managing wine and product quality for canning and kegging.
“Samra brings a unique perspective and valuable experience to her new role, and we’re thrilled to have her join our team,” says Debra Eagle, General Manager. Adds Nick de Luca, Head Winemaker, “Samra is passionate about winemaking, and her commitment is demonstrated through her thoughtful approach in the cellar. I couldn’t be more excited to have her support our vision, and I know she will be an invaluable asset to our wine program as we head into the harvest season and beyond.”
About Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards
Alma Rosa Winery & Vineyards was founded in 2005 by California wine industry pioneer winegrower, Richard Sanford. The Alma Rosa estate vineyard, El Jabalí, was planted in 1983 and became the first certified organic vineyard in Santa Barbara County. Alma Rosa has proudly carried on the tradition of organic farming and environmental stewardship, using sensitive business practices and craft-driven winemaking to produce high quality, site-specific wines that reflect the unique character of the Sta. Rita Hills. Focused on Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and other cool-climate varieties that thrive in the region, Alma Rosa’s wines can be enjoyed in the inviting urban setting of their tasting room located on Industrial Way in Buellton, as well as through private tastings at their estate vineyard and ranch, El Jabalí, in the heart of the Sta. Rita Hills.
For more information, please visit www.almarosawinery.com.