Alison is a veteran winemaker with more than 30 years of experience. She was among the first woman winemakers in California. Raised in Palos Verdes, California, with plenty of horses and surfing, Alison was drawn into winemaking in 1973. Her father, Russell Green, was a long-time Alexander Valley vineyard owner. He bought Simi Winery in 1969 and brought in Andre Tchellistcheff as a consultant soon thereafter. Alison worked as a harvest intern beside Andre for six months at Simi in 1973, and that is where she found both her life’s work as well as her mentor.
After finishing her Fermentation Science degree at the University of California, Davis, Alison began working for the Firestone Vineyard in the Santa Ynez Valley in 1976. Starting as lab technician, she worked her way up to bottling supervisor and then to cellar master, and finally in 1981, to winemaker.
In 2000, Alison moved back to the family ranch and vineyards in Alexander Valley with her husband, Mark Doran, and their two sons. She works with several select clients in Napa and in Sonoma who want to approach site-specific winemaking with exuberance and intensity.
Allison is a perfect embodiment of the kind of strong, independent woman who have fought so heroically for – and continue to fight for – the rights of women.
Wine(s) crafted for Equality Vines: 2015 19th Amendment Chardonnay, 2016 GYODC Chardonnay