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Meet Our Winemakers

Meet the winemakers who tend to our Texas Hill Country vineyards and craft the spectacular wines available at our on-site winery and tasting room. These seasoned vintners bring a high level of knowledge to the art of winemaking and produce some of the best wines in Texas Wine Country.  Their goals are simple: produce the very best wine and retain a sense of each varietal's personality.

Meet Jon McPherson

Jon's father was instrumental in the growth of the Texas wine industry and he remembers helping Doc McPherson plant grapes. But in 1985, after graduating from Texas Tech with a B.S. in Food and Technology, Jon headed for Southern California.

Determined to make his mark in sparkling wines, he became Winemaker at Culbertson Winery in 1986. Thanks to Jon's leadership and expertise, the winery, now known as Thornton Winery, earned the title "America's Most Honored Sparkling Wine Producer." 

Meet Javier Flores

Javier also inherited his love of the wine industry from his father. In fact, his first steps were probably taken in a winery. In 1986, Javier earned his degree as a Biochemist Engineer from the Tecnologico de Tijuana. He and his wife moved to Southern California where, by chance, he met Jon McPherson.

They've been an award-winning team ever since, lending their talents to South Coast Winery Resort & Spa.

Meet Kim McPherson

Kim McPherson studied at UC Davis and won multiple awards for his winemaking skills.  He too is considered a modern day pioneer in the Texas wine industry.  Kim is instrumental in producing Carter Creek Wine in Lubbock Texas and has worked with McPherson Cellars in Lubbock, Texas to provide cellar space and winemaking facilities.