Lava Cap winery couple expands with smoke-filled Amador Foothill Winery purchase
Amador Foothill Winery, a key player in the revival of the Sierra foothills wine trade, is switching hands from one pioneer winemaking couple to another.
After nearly 35 years, the husband-and-wife team of Ben Zeitman and Katie Quinn have sold the winery and its accompanying 32 acres to the husband-and-wife team of Tom and Beth Jones, members of the family that established Lava Cap Winery in the Apple Hill district of El Dorado County in 1986.
Amador Foothill Winery, which produces 3,500 cases of wine annually, is near Plymouth, in the heart of Amador County’s Shenandoah Valley. Terms of the sale, which closed escrow Friday, were not disclosed.
“I’m 79 years old, and while I’m in good health, I’ve had enough fun,” said Zeitman, who with his first wife bought the parcel in 1979 and oversaw his first harvest in 1980. Quinn was a winemaker with Gundlach Bundschu Winery in Sonoma Valley before she married Zeitman in 1984 and joined Amador Foothill Winery.
During the past three decades, Zeitman and Quinn became ...