Jeffrey and Ellie Patterson
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 wines.”
Originally from Illinois, Andrea Kyle is the office and direct to consumer operations manager at Mount Eden Vineyards. She attended Loras Collage in Dubuque Iowa, majoring in English and Ancient philosophy. There she began her love affair with wine.
Since starting she has truly become an important part of Mount Eden’s business team
A California native, Sean became interested in viticulture while working in the virology lab of the UC Davis Foundation Plant Material Services. In 2007 Sean accepted a position offered by Mount Eden through the D.R. Bennion Trust and in early 2008 became the assistant winemaker. Since then, he has lived at Mount Eden, working with Jeffrey to produce our wines and care for our vineyards.