Meet Our Winery Team
Here at Ramona Ranch, the basics are what’s important to us, with a focus on creating a safe-place, be that for our guests, our vines or our many rescue animals. We’re invested in our shared future, continually improving on our journey to sustainability, and are proud to be San Diego’s only certified sustainable Vineyard and Winery. Our wines are clean, with no added harsh chemicals, and are made just as nature intended, in the vineyard from 100% handpicked grapes. This level of care is important to us, and we believe it’s important to you, our friends and guests. We are proud of our team, and invite you take a moment to meet our tasting room consultants, and the passions that drive each of them, adding up to a personal experience here at Ramona Ranch Vineyard and Winery.
Micole and Teri, founders, owners and visionaries.
Allie Rae Campbell
Wine Club Director
Allie Rae Campbell, a native of Ramona, has a passion for wine business and hospitality. She is the wine club director at Ramona Ranch Winery and is active in marketing with the RVVA. Her passion for wine comes from her Grandparents, who travel the world and have shared their experiences with her. She obtained her Wine Business Management Certificate in 2017 and hopes to one day become a Sommelier. She enjoys the connection and exploration of cultures through wine, food and people. Her goal is to help educate people on hand-crafted wines specifically in the Ramona Valley. When she is not working or drinking wine, you can find Allie at the country bar line dancing or watching movies at home with her husband and her two cats.
Favorite Grapes: Viognier/Syrah
Favorite Ramona Ranch Wine: Viognier/Tannat
Tasting Room and Culinary Consultant
Kimberly was born and raised in Ramona. Growing up in this small town in a big family she is proud to be of the Degenfelder clan. Horses, dancing and singing were her interests growing up. She now holds her culinary degree and enjoys keeping herself busy with food and wine. Kimberly joined our team in January of 2015. Her favorite times are spent on the tasting terrace here with her Ramona Ranch Family. The love of food and wine lead her to be a natural fit in this budding Ramona Wine Region.
Favorite Grapes:Petite Sirah and Sauvignon Blanc
Favorite Ramona Ranch Wines:Tannat, Symphony, and the Super Tuscan blend
Tasting Room Consultant
Deanna was born and raised here in our town of Ramona. She works locally at VCA Adobe Animal Hospital as a technician assistant and is currently going to school to become a Registered Veterinarian Technician. She has a passion for animals that she shows towards our ranch and rescue animals. Deanna has been working for us since April of 2017 but has been helping out at the winery by harvesting grapes and being apart of the wine making process for years. Her favorite wine is the newly bottled Wile Rose and her favorite grape is durif.
Favorite Grapes: Durif
Favorite Ramona Ranch Wine: Wile Rose
Tasting Room Consultant
Janaya was born in a small town in the Southern area of Washington State, where her love of the outdoors and small towns developed. She and her husband, moved to Ramona in 2017, to be near the Marine Corps base and part of a rural community. She works locally as a physical therapist, but finds her safe haven in the Ramona Ranch family drinking her favorite wines on the patio, enjoying the view and meeting new people. Janaya has been a part of the team since November of last year, bringing her infectious laugh and sense of fun. She enjoys wine, and is exploring Ramona’s hiking trails, mountains and nearby camping. With a love of travel, food, friends and family, working at Ramona Ranch is a natural fit for Janaya, where she can share her passions. Her current favorite wines at the winery include the new Viognier and Sangiovese, but her all time favorites are the Tuscan, Tannat and Cadillac Cab. Regionally she loves the Sangiovese and Petite Sirah and is proud to be a part of our growing wine community.
Favorite Ramona Ranch Wine: Viognier, Sangiovese, Tuscan, Tannat and Cadillac Cab
Visual Arts Director
Laurel Costa is an artist and wine lover from Ramona, CA. Her background is in professional photography and she is currently the Visual Arts Director for Ramona Ranch Winery. She specializes in product photography and produces the winery’s technical data sheets for wholesale distribution. Laurel works in Santa Ysabel with James Hubbell, a modern icon in the world of art and architecture in San Diego and around the globe. She assists James in tile mosaic construction and the installation of unique and varied private commissions. In addition, Laurel is responsible for the preservation of James Hubbell’s lifetime of artwork in her role as the Ilan-Lael Foundation Archivist. Laurel put RRW on the map, by painting a mural on site for the Julian Backcountry Quilt Trail, a roadside exhibit of traditional quilt murals in the area. Next time you visit Ramona Ranch Winery you will be greeted by the 36 square foot quilt mural on east side of of the tasting room. She has been with Ramona Ranch Winery since May 2016.
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Dean & Megan Escalona
Director of Sustainability
Megan began working with us in 2003, later became our first tasting room employee, and has since assumed her current position as “Director of Sustainability” at Ramona Ranch. Megan’s parents installed their first vineyard in 2009 and she and her fiancé Dean later became enmeshed in the wine community in 2014 when they helped expand their family vineyard to four acres. Megan and Dean are passionate about sustainable agriculture and have worked to implement permaculture principles on their own property as well as educate the community about sustainable farming and land management practices. In addition to consulting for the wine community, they are growers and purveyors of rare botanicals and specialize in cacti and succulents from around the world.
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