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Walt Klenz Lecture: Jeff O’Neill Sustainable Sourcing and Scaling in the Wine Industry

The Robert Mondavi Institute’s Walt Klenz Lectureship Series is a bi-annual event sponsored by Treasury Wine Estates, which brings world-famous wine makers and wine industry professionals to the UC Davis campus. The lectures attract a wide audience, and have featured myriad topics relating to the wine industry and its diverse array of professionals, each with unique perspectives, fascinating insights, and captivating stories. 

Date: Thursday, October 6, 2022

Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.

Fee: $10 (General)/ FREE (Students, please use discount code IEJSTIEVUF)

Location: Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater, Robert Mondavi Institute Sensory Building

Speaker: Jeff O'Neill is the CEO and founder of O’Neill Vintners & Distillers, which he founded in 2004 and is now a certified B Corporation. The company has become the tenth largest winery in the US, specializing in national brands, exclusive-label wines, and premium wine and spirits production. Jeff entered the wine business in 1980 and founded Golden State Vintners with a group of venture capitalists in 1985. In 2011, Jeff also founded a luxury winery Ram’s Gate in the Carneros region of Sonoma County, specializing in ultra-premium Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Mr. O’Neill serves on the Executive Leadership Board for the Department of Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis.


5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Registration

6:00 p.m. - 6:05 p.m. Welcome / Andrew Waterhouse, Director, Robert Mondavi Institute

6:10 p.m. - 6:15 p.m. Speaker Introduction / Walt Klenz

6:20 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Sustainable Sourcing and Scaling in the Wine Industry / Jeff O'Neill, CEO and founder of O’Neill Vintners & Distillers

7:00 p.m. - 7:45 p.m. Reception

Questions? Please contact rmievents@ucdavis.edu, (530) 752-4180.



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Date of Event:

Oct 06, 2022

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6:00 p.m.

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Robert Mondavi Institute Sensory Building, Silverado Vineyards Sensory Theater

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Thursday, October 6, 2022