George O. Hendry
With his parents and brother, George moved to Napa in 1939 at the age of two. He grew up on the ranch and learned to tend the goats, the cows, the prune orchard and the grapevines. He completed his undergraduate degree at U.C. Berkeley in 1959 and after two years in the navy, completed a masters degree in 1963. Following graduation, George began working for a company called the Cyclotron Corporation. (Cyclotrons are a type of particle accelerator primarily used for the production of radio isotopes used in medical imaging.)
Over the next 40 years, at various companies including his own, George distinguished himself as a cyclotron designer. Many of his designs and innovations are in use in cyclotrons and hospitals around the world. George’s latest innovative cyclotron design was completed in 2008, and he continues to consult for the company he founded. When he wasn't designing cyclotrons, George was usually working on the ranch.
Whether growing grapes, making Hendry wines, or designing cyclotrons, George applies the same tenacity and ability to apply fundamental concepts. His detailed approach to winegrowing has earned a reputation, and is reflected in our vineyard and our wine.
Mike and Molly Hendry
Mike Hendry is George’s nephew, and has been an important part of operations at the Hendry Ranch for 25 years. Mike manages the vineyard and directs sales and marketing for Hendry. Molly has a full time job as an attorney for Napa County, and is an important part of the Hendry sales team. Mike and Molly also make a Zinfandel from the historic Moore Vineyard, which is owned by Molly’s uncle, Bill Moore. www.mikeandmollyhendry.com
Our Vineyard Crew
The attention that each grapevine receives during the year is tremendously important to the finished product. Our vineyard crew has been with us for an average of more than 20 years, and the pride they take in their work shows in every bottle. Pictured here: (Top, l-r) Jose Fernandez, Edouardo Diaz de Leon, Gonzalo Herrera, Juan Prado,(Second row, l-r) Rafael Melgoza, Manuel Plancarte, Pedro Gutierrez, Santiago Torres and Vicente Diaz de Leon.
Jeff and Jan Miller
Jeff Miller has been with the winery since its beginning, and was also a partner in George’s Cyclotron Inc.. Jeff manages the winery and coordinates the operations that get the wine from tank to bottle. Jan Miller applies her experience as a former business owner to managing winery accounting, and is also responsible for all in-house lab work. A woman of many talents, she is a former trainer, dancer and runner, as well as a certified yoga instructor and queen of fermentations.
Rafa and Luis Melgoza
Rafael Melgoza, along with his son Luis, who is pursuing his studies in viticulture and enology, are responsible for carrying out the daily cellar operations. Together with Jan, Jeff and Mike, they assist George in overseeing fermentation and development of the wines.
Hendry’s “go-to” person for everything under the sun, the amazing Angela Douglass manages national distributor sales, our office here at the winery, and our two wine clubs. She is the person who graciously answers everyone’s questions with boundless energy, efficiency and competence, and is always ready for the next challenge.
Tamara first visited Hendry as a wine buyer for a St. Helena restaurant. It was then that she was struck by the level of integrity and quality she found at Hendry. Now, in addition to working with Mike Hendry’s beautiful photos for our mailers and marketing materials, and helping to produce our labels, Tamara Landre lends a helping hand to Angela in the office and George in the tasting room. Her extensive wine knowledge, passion for education and experience in graphic design and writing mean that she wears many hats here at the winery.
Therese hails from the Midwest and followed her love of wine to the Napa Valley. As a former tour guide, she has visited hundreds of wineries throughout the Napa Valley and we’re delighted that she found a home here at Hendry. Her vibrant personality, wine knowledge and willingness to share it with our guests have made her a great fit for our tours and tastings. Therese is now joining Mike Hendry in spreading the Hendry love throughout the country with sales in the national market.