Bob & Jane Miller
Owners and Founders
Following Bob's career in the financial services industry, Bob and Jane Miller took their interest in fine wines to the next level. They talked to growers and wine makers both in Georgia and Napa Valley and consulted with a wine professor. They read and studied as much as they could before working with consulting companies and the White County Extension Office to find the perfect location for Yonah Mountain Vineyards.
They think of the vineyard as the family farm, and share that vision with their family as often as possible. It is their hope that their kids and grandkids will want to be a part of Yonah Mountain Vineyards someday.
Joe Smith, winemaker for Yonah Mountain Vineyards and owner and winemaker of the Serenity Cellars label, brings a passion to wine making that pushes him to strive for the best in all that he does.
After being a home winemaker since 1995, Joe and his wife Tina established Serenity Cellars in 2002 for their own wines. As a neighbor to Yonah Mountain Vineyards and from visiting the Tasting Room and getting to know the Miller's, Joe became winemaker for Yonah Mountain Vineyards in 2008.
Joe's vision as winemaker for Yonah Mountain Vineyards is three part:
1. To make a Genesis that shows the fruit-forward style of a great American wine with the complex finish of a classic Bordeaux.
2. To make a Chardonnay that has a wonderful balance between fruit, complexity and oak integration.
3. To have the reputation of making only the very best of wines.
With a horticulture degree from the University of Georgia, Jeff is well-equipped to meet multiple challenges. After meeting and working with the Miller's in 1996 on several landscape projects, he was asked to manage the vineyard. From living close to and admiring the vineyards of Chateau Elen, one of Georgia's first modern wineries, Jeff jumped at the chance.
Jeff's meticulous attention to detail is evident in the health of the vines throughout the Yonah Mountain Vineyards. His main goal is to grow the best possible grapes and to help put Georgia on the map as a place that can produce great wine.