Jeffrey and Ellie
A native Californian, Jeffrey
Patterson graduated from U.C.
Berkeley in 1975 with a degree in
biology. While in Berkeley, he
witnessed and participated in the
emergence of northern California’s
fine wine and food culture. An
enthusiastic wine drinker and
collector, Jeffrey decided to pursue
a career in the wine business and,
in 1979, enrolled in the U.C. Davis
viticulture and enology program,
where he studied for two years.
In 1981, Patterson became assistant
winemaker at Mount Eden Vineyards.
He had visited the Santa Cruz
Mountain winery in 1978 and believed
Mount Eden, with its long history of
fine wine production, would be an
ideal place to practice his craft.
Jeffrey and his wife Ellie, a U.C.
Berkeley history graduate,
ornamental horticulturist, and
textile artist, thus left Berkeley
to begin a new life 2,000 feet above
the Santa Clara Valley. A little
over a year after his arrival,
Patterson was promoted to head
winemaker and general manager, and
Ellie became the winery’s business
manager. In 1986, they became
significant shareholders in the
company and, in 2008, the
Patterson's acquired the majority of
the ownership with their two
children, Sophie and Reid.
Today, with over 30 years’
experience at California’s original
boutique winery, Jeffrey and Ellie
Patterson live in the house Martin Ray
built on Mount Eden in the early
1950s, surrounded by the winery’s
historic estate vineyard and a
panoramic view of the now-famous
Silicon Valley. In their spare time,
Jeffrey enjoys cooking for friends,
while Ellie loves to garden, play
tennis, and travel.
It has been a wonderful experience
to raise a family in this magical
place and to be the custodians of a
great tradition,” says Ellie
Patterson. “The land and its history
are the heroes here, so our job is
simply to let them speak through our
Originally from Illinois, Andrea
Kyle is the office and direct to
consumer operations manager at Mount
Eden Vineyards. She attended Loras
College in Dubuque Iowa, majoring in
English and Ancient philosophy.
There she began her love affair with
Since starting she has truly become
an important part of Mount Eden’s