Hi! I'm Elizabeth Pollock, owner and winemaker at Adelaide Thomas Wines. We are a first-generation, female-led and owned winery, located in Sonoma County. We are committed to making clean wines, that taste better and feel better, made from organic and/or biodynamic grapes, grown in the best parts of Sonoma County, like the Russian River Valley.
It all started in 2017, when my husband Chad and I bought a house in Sonoma County.
We just wanted a weekend place to escape the cold San Francisco summers. But we got so much more than we planned; 42 acres and an old winery. We never expected to buy a winery or make wine, but we found ourselves drawn to the old winery and it's history, and decided to take the plunge and start making wine. We dove in right away, fixing up the house and the winery; it felt like a full time job! At the end of 2019 I decided to make it official, and left behind a career in technology and real estate to try my hand at full-time winemaking. That’s when Adelaide Thomas Wines was born.
Named after my great-grandmother and Chad’s grandfather, we wanted our wine company to represent the love we have for family, friends, and home. It was also important for us to be a woman-led and owned business, because sadly, there are still too few of those in this industry!
With the help of our friends and consulting winemakers Scott and Jenny Schultz of Jolie Laide Wines, we built out a new winery facility, and managed to get it up and running just in time for 2020 harvest. We were thrilled and so proud of our hard work, and of our new winery space. Within weeks of harvest starting, however, the unthinkable happened. The Glass Fire, which started far away on the other side of Napa Valley, suddenly appeared at our doorstep. Our beautiful mountain-top home, that we poured so much time and love into, burned to the ground. We were devastated. Our home, where we had so much of our hearts and souls invested, was just a pile of ashes, and nothing was salvageable.
But angels were looking out for us because by some miracle (and thanks to good engineering and concrete construction) our new production facility survived, as did all of our wine stored inside. We couldn’t believe our luck! In the days after the fire we quickly moved our wine to a safer location, and are beyond thrilled to now share those wines with the world.
Our wines represent resilience - the resilience of our community, Sonoma County, and of our friends and neighbors who have helped us over the years, and especially in the aftermath of the fire. We dedicate the 2020 vintage, and all future vintages, to our amazing community of friends and neighbors, who have been with us, through the good times and the bad. We look forward, with optimism and hope, to the future of our beloved home and winery.
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