The Von Holts are quite the worldly couple. Pam was exposed to wine from a young age through a French neighbor who allowed the children to taste small amounts of wine. As an adult living in San Francisco, Pam spent a lot of time in wine country cultivating her palate. As a successful business woman, she has consulted on fine wine and food pairings for numerous client dinners. A friend and Master Sommelier was a great mentor and influenced the development of her wine knowledge. The business savant behind the operation, Pam manages the daily operations of Von Holt Wines. As a passionate wine lover, she also enjoys the production side of things.
Chris Von Holt, ex-United States Secret Service agent for presidents and dignitaries, feels privileged to have traveled the world in that profession for over 20 years. It didn’t take long to get bitten by the wine bug, as he traveled to some great wine regions and dined at some of the best restaurants in the world. Raised in San Francisco, it was inevitable Chris would elect artisan winemaking as a second career. With a preference for French-style wines, he hired John Fones to oversee the winemaking process and they set out to make boutique, cool climate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
A former attorney, John sold his practice in Baltimore and moved to California to pursue winemaking. He spent the early years learning the ropes at Freeman Winery, and at the same time attended the enology program at University of California at Davis. He specializes in cool climate wines and focuses on minimal winemaking intervention. The proof of this philosophy shows in the Von Holt wines.
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