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The People

Owner, Mindy Oliver, hand sorting grapes.

Me (Mindy) hand sorting grapes. Note: snap a better photo next harvest.

Mindy Oliver, Owner

Mindy’s appreciation for art and love of Spanish grape varieties led her to specialize in Albariño, Tempranillo, and Grenache (Garnacha) from California’s Central Coast. Her respect of nature and intense pursuit of quality ensure that each bottle of Croma Vera’s premium handcrafted wine reflects the true colors of the vineyard where it was grown.

Mindy took enology classes at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and made wine at a cooperative prior to Croma Vera. Mindy holds a Bachelor of Fine Art from the University of California, Santa Cruz. She previously worked as a commercial artist, graphic designer and Chief Creative Officer where she served on the management committee of a technology agency.

Winemaker, Jeremy Leffert, amidst the grape vines.

Jeremy amidst the grape vines.

Jeremy Leffert, Winemaker

Jeremy brings his characteristic combination of science and insightful expertise to Croma Vera’s wines.

After completing a degree in Environmental Studies from the University of Vermont, Jeremy moved to Santa Barbara, where he discovered wine and was drawn to the vineyards of the Central Coast. A meeting with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo professor Dr. Keith Patterson inspired Jeremy to enroll in the university’s Masters program in Crop Science with a focus in Viticulture.

In addition to serving as Winemaker for Croma Vera, Jeremy is Director of Winemaking for Tooth & Nail Wine Company which produces the Stasis, Amor Fati and Tooth & Nail wine brands. Jeremy was previously winemaker at Hearst Ranch Winery and Director of Winemaking at The Workshop.