Jus Soli Winery
Sonoma County region
Crafting distinctive, limited-production wines
The team at Jus Soli believes that the concept of terroir applies to both wine and people – just as wine is an expression of its place, people – and specifically the tight-knit group at Jus Soli – are who they are because of the unique and inspiring place they call home.
Founded in 2002, Jus Soli is run by general manager Mike O’Donnell, winemaker Tom Garrett, and assistant winemaker Jesse Wurtzel. Tom began his wine career at Wine Spectator magazine where he wrote about the California wine industry and managed the tasting department where he had the opportunity to taste nearly every wine being made in California. He realized that making wine was more fulfilling than writing about it and went on to work for Turley Cellars, Joseph Phelps, and Robert Mondavi. He also launched his family label, Detert Family Vineyards, before the collective effort of Jus Soli came about in 2002. Tom worked with Jesse at his family vineyard and grew up living next door to longtime friend Mike, so it was natural for the three to come together on this project.
In its relatively short lifespan, Jus Soli Winery has already made a name for itself with a fabulous collection of Syrahs, Zinfandels, a Rhône-style red blend, and a Sauvignon Blanc. Winemaker Tom Garrett sources the grapes from many of the finest vineyards in the surrounding Sonoma County area and works closely with Jesse to craft the distinctive, limited-production wines that make up the Jus Soli portfolio. Now successfully finishing their thirteenth harvest, Jus Soli has garnered numerous medals in wine industry competitions and has become one of the gems of Sonoma County wine country.