The People

The People

A winery is a complex of businesses, it is a farm, a manufacturing plant, a wholesale supplier and a retail store. Each requires a different set of skills and all requires collaboration and people. The people at Prejean Winery have over a hundred years of collective experience in grape growing and winemaking.

Our winemaker, Jim Zimar, is a journey man in every sense of the word. He started in the wine business as a teenager, picking rocks out of vineyards, picking grapes and bundling up grape canes, after which he vowed he would never step foot in a vineyard again. He has hardly left since. He went on to be a tour guide at both Great Western and Bully Hill eventually moving into the cellar. He was briefly the vineyard manager at Plane’s Vineyards and has been Winemaker at Prejean Winery ever since, his first vintage being 1986.

Tom Prejean worked on and off in the vineyards from the beginning returning, full time in 1989. He does a little bit of everything from helping out with bottling, crush, to working in the tasting room and office. Luckily he has plenty of people working for him who really know what they’re doing including his wife Amy who helps in the tasting room and with the many regulatory issues that plague our tiny business.

Our tasting room staff will make your visit educational, entertaining and memorable.