"WINE IS ALL ABOUT THE NOSE, AND PUTTING IT TO THE GRINDSTONE."
- ISABELLE SIMI
Isabelle Simi knew this better than anyone. She steered the winery with defiant determination for over 70 years, persevering to better every last drop. In fact, in 1920, when the government threw down a deadly blow, in the form of Prohibition, she didn’t give up. She rolled up her sleeves and applied her wit. She held strong. And came out even stronger in the end.
One of the most complex vineyards in Alexander Valley, Landslide is comprised of five distinct soil types that were created by a volcanic landslide from Mount St. Helena. The vineyard also has three different distinguishable sections and several microclimates.
Just north of Healdsburg lies one of Sonoma County’s finest winegrowing regions: the Alexander Valley. Known for its diverse soils and complex geology, the warm Alexander Valley is well suited to red Bordeaux varieties, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon.
OUR WORLD-CLASS WINEMAKING TEAM
LISA EVICH, DIRECTOR OF WINEMAKING
"When crafting exceptional wines, the key is to keep the big picture and the details in focus all at once."
Hailing from Santa Rosa, Lisa Evich fell in love with food and wine at an early age. While at Sonoma State University, her focus was on Environmental Studies and Planning, but there was something about the vineyards that called to her. It wasn't just the science of winemaking, it was the art and the craft that could translate a place into a bottle.
Lisa began her career at SIMI, spending nine years with the winery before diversifying her experience with positions at Pine Ridge and Arrowood. SIMI welcomed her home in 2015 as Winemaker where she sought to create wines of balance and harmony. Since then, she completed the U.C. Davis Winemaking Certificate Program and earned her Wine Executive MBA from Sonoma State University. In 2022, she became the Director of Winemaking, carrying on the winery's historic legacy of female-led winemaking.
The one word that Lisa would use to describe SIMI wines is "timeless." Through meticulous care and attention in both the vineyards and the winery, she works to express the timelessness of both SIMI and Sonoma County. Her deep connection to the legacy left by Isabelle Simi, as well as her development as a winemaker, creates the perfect intersection for crafting premium wines and allows the history and the future of SIMI and Sonoma County to permeate in each bottle.
Lisa says, there's no greater compliment than for someone to tell her that SIMI is their house wine.
REBECCA VALLS, WINEMAKER
“I enjoy creating quality wines that bring people together.”
Having fallen in love with Sonoma County while visiting
family during summer vacations, it's no surprise Rebecca Valls decided to move
to the region as a young adult.
An Upstate New York native, Rebecca graduated from Sonoma
State University with a degree in Biology. She worked a harvest in the Clos Du
Bois Winery lab after college, an experience that got her hooked on the
excitement of working in a winery. After a few years at Clos du Bois, she
worked as the Lab Manager at Sonoma-Cutrer® Vineyards for seven years before
returning to Clos du Bois as Assistant Winemaker.
Since joining SIMI Winery, Rebecca enjoys working alongside
a great team of female winemakers and producing great wines that exemplify the
best of Sonoma County and everything she has always loved about this region.