The Jones family – over 30 years of creating exceptional wines
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”.
Spencer, Beth and Tom Jones.
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.
Spencer T. Jones, M.S.
Spencer grew up in his wine making family, often working as a bar back or in the cellar at Lava Cap Winery in between soccer, basketball, and cross-country competitions. He graduated from University of Oregon in 2016 with a BS in Geology. Working with his father during his childhood, Spencer discovered his interest and enthusiasm for the vinification process. After college, Spencer joined with his father as they developed the new Iron Hub Winery together. Initial projects included establishing sustainable vineyard practices into the estate and planting a new vineyard block of Petite Sirah. Spencer completed the prerequisites for his graduate studies in 2017-2018 and was accepted for the Master of Science in Viticulture & Enology, University of California, Davis in 2019. Spencer enjoyed the coursework of the rigorous program and developed many lifelong friendships with his fellow graduate students. He happily graduated with a Master’s Degree from the Department of Viticulture & Enology, University of California, Davis in June 2021. Spencer enjoys working fulltime alongside his father at Iron Hub Winery and loves the optimism and collaborative nature of Amador wine country. Spencer lives near Iron Hub Winery with his dog Smokey and enjoys water skiing, snow skiing, and hiking in the nearby Sierras.