I was born and raised in Annapolis, Maryland within the walls of my family’s restaurant. After graduating from the University of Maryland, I moved to San Francisco to pursue graduate school for painting, but in the end could not resist my roots. I fell back into the restaurant business working at Locanda and RN74, where the level of knowledge required about food and wine is extremely high. It was during my time there, tasting and reading about wine, that my passion was officially ignited.
From there, I focused on building my education in every facet of the business by working in both northern and southern hemispheres in the cellar and vineyard. I spent my last pennies traveling to Europe to walk vineyards and speak with people who have a coveted history in the field of viticulture. In 2015, I accepted an assistant winemaker position alongside my dear friend Scott Schultz at Wind Gap/Pax Wine Cellars. The owners of Wind Gap/Pax Wine Cellars Pax and Pam Mahle, also honored friends, have graciously created a space at their winery for small brands like myself to blossom. Soon after joining Wind Gap, Raj Parr and I began importing Stockinger barrels from Austria in 2016. Stockinger is family owned and operated, and one of the great artisanal coopers of Europe. I am fortunate to be surrounded by an incredible winemaking community that is inspiring and supportive. This has all lead me to become the founder and winemaker of Jaimee Motley Wines.