Iron Hub Winery is owned and operated by Tom and Beth Jones and their children. Tom was the founding winemaker of Lava Cap Winery in the Apple Hill area near Placerville, CA after completing his Master Degree (Viticulture & Enology) at University of California, Davis. He developed Lava Cap Winery’s style of award-winning wines for almost 30 years and left mid-2013 to begin new endeavors.
Tom and Beth purchased their current 33 acre property in Amador County in 2014. The property had been known as Amador Foothill Winery and includes hillside vineyards in the beautiful Shenandoah Valley AVA of California. Tom was drawn to the property, stating” there is no substitution for controlling the growing conditions in the vineyard and, most importantly, tasting the ripening grapes to determine harvest”. He added, “Our new estate affords me creative control from the vine to the bottle”.
The Iron Hub label was launched in 2016 and features handcrafted estate-bottled varietals and blends, including both white and red wines. Son Spencer joined the winemaking endeavor in the summer of 2016 after graduating from University of Oregon (B.S. Geology). As of fall 2019, Spencer is enrolled full time in the graduate degree program at the UCD Dept. of Viticulture & Enology, expecting to complete his Masters Degree in Spring 2021. Like father, like son! Tom states that “my interests lie in handcrafting elegantly balanced wines that reflect this beautiful terroir and are approachable and food friendly”. Through the Iron Hub label, Tom continues his tradition of creating lovely award-winning wines including Chardonnay, Zinfandel, Barbera, and red blends.
Iron Hub’s name developed from winemaker Tom Jones’ annual tradition of taking a high mountain sojourn to rejuvenate after each grape harvest. On one recent adventure, Tom discovered an antique, hand-forged wagon wheel hub in the remote outback. The iron hub exemplifies the artistry and beauty of hand-forged tooling of days past. Tom and Beth named their new boutique winery on Steiner Road “Iron Hub” to reflect their joy of discovery and craftsmanship. Tom and Spencer employ a hands-on approach to every aspect of the wine making process, from tending the grapes in the estate vineyards to carefully crafting both red and white wines. The name Iron Hub also is a reflection of a welcoming place to gather. The new tasting room opened 12/1/2017 and is a special place to gather with family and friends to enjoy fine wine, great hospitality, and the beautiful Sierra views.
Thomas D. Jones, M.S., Proprietor & Winemaker
Raised 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.