Jon ChewningOwner / Cellar Master / Wine'r
Jon started in this business brewing beer in Alaska. When he moved to California he took to the wines of the region and making them intrigued him. He learned how to make wine from working with the best winemakers in the Sierra Foothills. Jon strives for complete balance in his wines. He makes what he likes to drink. After having an IT career for over 30 years, he and Leanne decided they would try to change their lives...and change they did. They opened Via Romano Vineyards in January of 2017 and haven't looked back.
Leanne DavisOwner / Grower / Boss Lady
Leanne has a background in design and construction and was instrumental in the winery coming to fruition. Leanne and Jon came together because of their love for wine. After their wedding in Italy in 2013, they came home and planted a vineyard. They only wanted to farm! After Jon left his long-time career to make wine, she saw in him the passion he was missing in his work life. That led to them making good wine and the life changing decision to start this winery.
Amber FrereTasting Room Manager / Creative Genius
Amber is an expert in all things wine, especially drinking it, because she has a toddler...and a husband. She is dedicated to finishing her work, even down to the last drop. She is our in-house graphic designer, with an eye for design and problem solving. What would we do without her energy and positivity? She is a little crazy sometimes, but so are her family member (ask her about her piñata collection!) Her mom wanted us to tell you that she is smart, beautiful, talanted, etc. :)
Cindy StanphillTasting Room Associate / la residente italiana / Retail
Cindy is passionate about all things Italian … except Berlusconi! She studied at the Università di Firenze and has friends and family in Rome, Florence, and Abruzzo. She and her husband, Diego, live in Placerville with their 4 year-old daughter, Giulia. Cindy lives by the adage, amici and vini sono meglio vecchi or friends and wines are better old. She is a current professor at Folsom Lake College and has recently achieved her PhD. Cindy can be found pouring Via Romano wines during the week, and if she is not pouring, she is tasting!