Our Team

Adam Smith, Director of Winemaking

Adam, raised in El Dorado County, has cut a wide swath in winemaking in his journey back to the foothills. He honed his craft in the Willamette Valley in Oregon at Domaine Serene, Bethel Heights Vineyards, and Shea Wine Cellars. He then ventured beyond Oregon to New Zealand’s Craggy Range before being lured to the Sonoma Coast as winemaker for Banshee Wines.  The Willamette Valley called him back, where his return saw, first, the collaboration with Jean-Nicolas Méo of Domaine Méo Camuzet in Burgundy to establish Domaine Nicolas-Jay  and most recently, reconnecting with Banshee Wines to establish their Oregon brand, Averaen Wines.

“It’s been a longtime dream to return to where five generations of my family lived and near the dirt, trees, and elevations I’m connected to. The Skinner family is a terrific fit for their mutual respect of the transcendent possibilities in El Dorado vineyards.”

Stephanie Singer, Director of Hospitality & Marketing

Stephanie

Stephanie’s first responsibility is to make every visitor to Skinner Vineyards & Winery feel comfortable and special. She oversees the tasting room, the wine club and sales, but says her job description is simple: provide great service and treat everyone like family.

She also fits the personality type of Skinner Winery, which is: people with long histories around the joys of sharing wine and food. As a child, she heard the stories about her grandparents first meeting in Sonoma County wine country, and those stories were told around big family meals where wine mattered – for the adults – as much as the food. Stephanie also brings impressive wine business experience to Skinner. She worked as a manager at Rutherford Grove Winery and at Grgich Hills Estate in Napa before Carey and Mike lured her to the beauty of the foothills.

Skinner Vineyards Team

We look forward to seeing you during your next visit to the tasting room – we will raise a glass when you do!