Meadowcroft is the namesake of Winegrower Tom Meadowcroft. The meaning of Meadowcroft is a fertile field or meadow and croft refers to a cultivated area that has been nurtured over time. The honeybee on the label symbolizes this conscientious work and the process of transformation from wine grapes into an outstanding wine.
Who We Are
Tom’s passion for wines stems from his experiences growing up, working and traveling in Europe and the United States. Early in life, he began his journey in winemaking by working the harvest of 1979 in Bordeaux. Following that harvest he studied at UC Davis and Napa College graduating with a degree in Viticulture and Enology. After earning his degrees, he worked in Napa and Washington State as a vineyard Manager focusing on sustainable farming and environmental advocacy. Throughout his career, Tom has managed dozens of properties for top wineries in Napa and Sonoma, all along instilling core principals relating to wine cultivation from the growing of wines to the making of the wines. These experiences inspire his vision for the Meadowcroft Wine he proudly makes today.
Wine runs deep in Petar’s family. At a very young age, he was helping his father craft wine in his family home in Bulgaria. His passion for winemaking led him to pursue his Master’s degree in Winemaking at the University of Food Technologies. After graduating and working in Bulgaria, Petar was selected for a prestigious internship at Truchard Vineyards in Napa Valley. Keen to develop his winemaking skills at an elite level, Petar took the plunge and left his home in Bulgaria for California’s most famous wine region, Napa Valley.
Petar brings over fifteen years of experience as a Winemaker and has thirteen vintages of creating luxury Napa and Sonoma wines. From grape to glass, Petar maintains a hands on approach to winemaking drawing out the best in each wine. Petar enjoys all our Meadowcroft wines, but if he had to choose a favorite he’d lean towards our Mt. Veeder Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa or one of our delicious Sonoma County Zinfandels. When he is not working at the winery, Petar enjoys spending time with his wife and young daughter as well as getting outside to run, swim, or even play soccer.
A Sonoma County native, Darby is a wealth of local knowledge and connections in wine country. She is also a classically trained chef from the Ballymaloe School of Cookery in Ireland. Darby left her job in banking to pursue and explore her passion for food and wine. Darby is one of the originating associates and has been with Meadowcroft since the Tasting Room opened in 2010. Today she continues to cultivate her passion by catering unique events at the Meadowcroft Tasting Room. Darby took over as the Director of Tasting Room Operations in 2014.
Starting her career in the wine industry as a Vineyard Steward, Deanna spent her days walking vineyards throughout Sonoma and Napa. After spending three years on the production side, Deanna shifted to a position in marketing and communications to utilize both her knowledge of the winemaking process and love of writing. Specializing in digital content, she manages our website, social media accounts, and email campaigns. You can often find her in the vineyard, at the winery, or at the Tasting Room with a camera in hand ready to capture our winemaking story.
Nick Hess, a Sonoma County native, knows Sonoma County; however, he has also traveled the world extensively and has in depth knowledge of winemaking and enology in a variety of world class growing regions. Nick has made wine in Australia, Argentina, New Zealand, the Central Coast of California, and Sonoma County. His robust experience benefits Meadowcroft’s wines with his fresh ideas and unique perspective. Nick is both the Cellar Master and Assistant Winemaker managing our cellar operations and contributing to our winemaking process. His upbeat personality and genuine passion for winemaking is a welcome addition to our Meadowcroft family.
Originally from the Berkshires in Massachusetts, Elaine loves the laid back style and cultural diversity in Sonoma. Her career started in hotel management and banking, but she left the corporate world for her true passion – wine, culture, and fun! After visiting Sonoma over the years, Elaine now calls Sonoma home. She enjoys meeting and talking to people from all over the world and educating them on Meadowcroft wines and Sonoma County. Right now, one of her favorite Meadowcroft wines is the Speedy Creek Zinfandel.
All steps of the winemaking process have their beauty.
Each wine has its own personality.
Mount Veeder Vineyard
With over thirty-five years of experience in viticulture and winemaking, Tom Meadowcroft knows dirt. Or better yet, soil. He can easily judge what makes a vineyard great. He enjoys discovering farmers with small vineyards throughout California that are producing amazing grapes and interesting varieties. He’s quick to identify these little-known gems and produce extraordinary small production wines.
This experience led Tom to discover our estate vineyard on Mount Veerer in Napa.