2018 marks winemaker, Shawna Miller’s seventh year at Luna Vineyards. She began her winemaking odyssey in an unconventional manner by earning a degree in forestry from Virginia Tech. This nature lover became intrigued by enology, which led her to pursue an Extension Winemaking Certificate from the University of California, Davis.
For Shawna, a career in winemaking was a natural professional progression because her background in agriculture prepared her for some of the unglamorous aspects of the field, including the long, dirty harvest days in the cellar. She relishes the challenges associated with the harvest season.
Food and wine are important to Shawna as a means of connecting with family and friends. The wines she is crafting at Luna Vineyards are made in the true Italian spirit, namely, wines that are made to be part of delicious meals and great company at the table. In this tradition, the varietals she loves to work with most include Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Petite Syrah.
I love my job because: