Our Winery: Andis Wines is a 22,000 square foot state of the art winemaking facility designed under two tenets: 1) Design a winery that can make great wine, and 2) Make it pretty. Andy and Janis worked hand-in-hand with Sage Architecture for well over a year to come to a design that would achieve that goal.
The fermentation room can be both heated and cooled allowing us the best control over the fermentation environment in reaction to the seasons and needs of the process. The crush pad allows rapid processing of fruit from field to tank. The quicker grapes are processed after picking, the more character they retain. The Barrel Room uses evaporative cooling to create the optimal environment for making wines of character. The Tasting Room features a twenty-six foot long bar fabricated from sustainably harvested Lyptus wood and large windows overlooking the surrounding Amador Wine Country.
Andrew Friedlander, Co-Founder & Marine Corp Veteran. One great night in Amador was enough for Andy to move his Aloha shirts to the Sierra Foothills where he could enjoy the unique wines and flavors of Amador County. After fifty years in Hawaii where he co-founded and built the largest commercial real estate company in the state, and while still actively involved with the business today, Andy started planning the next phase of his life. He is now the driving force behind Andis Wines, having built the winery and a great team of people to grow for decades. Andy hand-picked a group of quality people to make great wines and to offer the finest hospitality to our guests.
Janis Akuna, Co-Founder.Janis Akuna is a Certified Financial Planner and Financial Advisor with a prominent Wall Street firm. With her time split between Hawaii and California, she will at times be seen in the Andis tasting room where she loves meeting people, or be seen doing various chores around the winery. Janis oversees the operational and philanthropic activities, contributes to the marketing effort, and sits on the tasting/blending panel. With an undergraduate degree from UC Davis, she claims the winery business is in her blood, mostly through osmosis. Janis has an MBA from the University of Hawaii, and most recently, attended the UC Davis Executive Wine Program. Read the UC Davis Alumni Profile.
Jenae Plasse, Chief Operating Officer. A native daughter of Amador County, Jenae grew up on the family cattle ranch in Jackson where she gained a love for agriculture. After receiving her B.S. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo in 2005, Jenae interned at a couple of Central Coast wineries including Edna Valley Winery working in the cellar and learning wine production. Two years later she joined a marketing firm in Paso Robles before moving back to Amador in 2009 with the belief that Amador wine country was where she wanted to make her mark. Joining the Andis team in July 2012, Jenae is now responsible for the day-to-day operations of the winery including events, bookkeeping, purchasing, community relations, marketing & advertising. She will often "escape" to the back of the house to get out of the office chair and enjoy the production side of winemaking. If you can't get ahold of her, she's most likely helping the family on the ranch or enjoying the serenity of the mountains with her dog, where there's no internet or cell phone service.
Besmir "Lorenzo" Muslia, National Sales Manager. Lorenzo grew up between Albania and Italy. After graduating from the Jesuit High School, he attended the Polytechnic University of Milan studying Civil Engineering. It was his travels around the wine region of Tuscany that caused him to fall in love with cooking and wine. He soon realized that for him, wine was not just a liquid in a bottle, but a way of life. After working for famous Florentine restaurants, he decided to open his own in 2011 and was soon rated one of the top ten restaurants in the region. In 2013 his beautiful daughter was born, and the family moved to California where Lorenzo then enrolled in the Wine Business Management program at Sonoma State University. "It was a bottle of the 2012 Andis Cabernet Franc that got me hooked on this land" he says. In the summer of 2015, Lorenzo joined the Andis team as a tasting room attendant and was soon promoted to National Sales Manager. He works directly with the winemaking team, putting together the best wines that our vineyards can offer. Every day is a challenge, finding new outlets for Andis Wines and sharing Amador's history with folks all over the country.