Alison Doran



Winemaker

Alison Doran is a veteran winemaker with over 30 years of experience. In 2008, she joined Jocelyn Lonen as winemaker just prior to the harvest. Her father Russell Green was an oil man and a long-time Alexander Valley vineyard owner. He bought Simi Winery in 1969.

After having the life-altering experience of working alongside world-renowned winemaker Andre Tchelistcheff at Simi in 1973, Alison decided to pursue a winemaking career. Tchelistcheff became an important mentor to Alison guiding her along a winemaking career path. Alison received her Fermentation Science degree at University of California at Davis. In 1976, she joined the staff at Firestone Vineyards in Santa Ynez where her responsibilities grew over time from lab technician, t

o bottling supervisor, cellar master and then in 1981 to winemaker. In 2000, Alison moved back to the family ranch and vineyards in Alexander Valley with her husband Mark Doran and their two sons. In addition to her impressive background and experience in the wine industry, Alison adds an exuberance and joy to our work team. Working with her is sheer pleasure!