LJ Crafted Wines

Meet Our Winemaker

Alison Green-Doran holds a lasting placemark for being one of California’s first female winemakers. Having a strong background in vineyard management, she’s a seasoned veteran in the industry with forty harvests tucked beneath her vintner’s belt, yet still ventures into the vineyard with the enthusiasm and passion of one’s first.

Alison was first introduced to winemaking when her father tasked her with a harvest intern position with the family vineyard, Simi Winery beneath the guidance of post-Prohibition winemaker, André Tchellistcheff. It was here, that Alison developed a relationship with wine that would persist throughout her professional career.

Under André’s advice, she pursued a cellar position in Alsace, France, then returned to the states to complete her Fermentation Science degree from UC Davis. She soon began her work for Firestone Vineyard, working her way from a Laboratory Technician up to Winemaker in 1981, a position she held for 19 years. Alison soon found her earliest roots calling, and returned home to continue her work with the family business. To date, Alison has won numerous winemaking awards, cultivating excellence in all aspects of her work. We are honored to have her site-specific expertise with the management and production of our family wines.