Sally Johnson

Pride Mountain Vineyards | St. Helena, CA

Sally’s journey to the top of Spring Mountain was a winding one. Originally from Ann Arbor, Michigan, she was planning a career in the Biotech industry when she enrolled in a study abroad program in France. While soaking up the Continental lifestyle, she became fascinated by the rich history of the wine industry, its connection to the seasons, and the craftsmanship involved in creating a distinctive cuvée. She returned home and completed a dual degree in French Literature and Biology and her next step was to enroll in U.C. Davis’s Master’s Degree program in Enology.
After leaving Davis, Sally joined the team at St Francis Winery & Vineyards in Sonoma County, CA, where she spent the next eight years. She took a brief hiatus in 2002 to work a harvest at St Hallett Winery in Australia’s Barossa Valley. She also made Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah under her own label for several years.
In 2007, Sally joined the team at Pride Mountain Vineyards. Having been a devotee of Pride wines for many years, she is thrilled to be charged with handcrafting our distinctive wines. “Pride has such an incredible site. The diversity of the soil types and our block-by-block approach to managing 46 individual vineyard blocks all add up to fruit with awesome potential. My job is to coax out the expressive, extracted wines that are synonymous with ‘Pride Mountain’ – it’s a dream job!”