Our Story

IHW_Winemaker Tom JonesIron Hub Winery is proudly owned and operated by Tom and Beth Jones. Tom was the founding winemaker for his family’s winery, Lava Cap Winery, in Placerville, California. He developed Lava Cap’s brand of award-winning wines from its beginning in 1985 to 2013, earning wide acclaim as a winemaker known for a bold and elegant style in his wines. Over the years, Tom’s wines earned many prestigious and international awards, including Best of the State of California for his Zinfandel. Tom enjoyed creating exquisite white wines, like Chardonnay, and well-structured red wines, including Zinfandel, Barbera, and Petite Sirah, and he left Lava Cap in 2013 to begin new endeavors.

In the fall of 2014, Tom and his wife, Beth Jones, purchased Amador Foothill Winery located in Amador County’s beautiful Shenandoah Valley. Located in one of California’s premier wine regions, Tom was drawn to the opportunity to own and operate his own winery. As he said, “there is no substitution for walking the vineyards, controlling the growing conditions, and most importantly tasting the ripening grapes to determine when they are ideal for harvest. Our new estate affords me control from the vine to the bottle for all of my wines.” They were welcomed by the warm and vibrant Amador community, especially the other wineries on Steiner Road.

IMG_5855In 2016, Tom proudly launched his new wine label, Iron Hub, at the Amador Foothill Winery site. The new brand features premium estate-bottled varietals and blends. Tom says that “my interests lie in handcrafting elegantly balanced wines that reflect this beautiful terroir and are approachable and food friendly.” Through this new label, Tom is continuing his tradition of creating extraordinary, award-winning wines, including Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Barbera, and red blends.

The name Iron Hub reflects owner and winemaker Tom Jones’ tradition of desert sojourns to rejuvenate each year. On one such journey he discovered an antique iron hub from a wagon wheel, half buried in the mountains of Northern Nevada. The Iron Hub name also reflects this new welcoming and vibrant place in the Shenandoah Valley – a special place to gather with family and friends and enjoy fine wine, great hospitality, and beautiful views.

Our Winemaker

Thomas D. Jones, M.S.
Proprietor & Winemaker

tom-photoRaised in Northern California, Tom graduated from University of California, Davis in the 1980s with a BS in Geology and a Master of Science degree in Enology & Viticulture. Tom was the founding winemaker for his family’s winery, Lava Cap Winery, in Placerville, California. For over thirty years, Tom has developed an approach to winemaking that blends science, art, and respect for the rich complexity of each grape varietal. Consistently sophisticated and well-structured, his wines have a bold and elegant style and have earned international acclaim.

Tom lives with his wife, Beth, near the winery. In his free time he enjoys exploring the remote regions of the Sierra Nevada Mountains and playing golf.