Founded in 2003, Theopolis Vineyards is a small lot vineyard and hand-crafted winery located in California’s prestigious Yorkville Highlands of the Anderson Valley.
The vineyard is owned by Ms. Theodora Lee, a charter member of the Association of African American Vintners, a member of Delta Sigma Theta, and a senior partner, and trial lawyer at Littler Mendelson P.C
The Texas native turned San Francisco attorney had her first grape harvest to produce high-quality wines in 2006 and has been a notable Black vintner in California ever since.
Situated at 32674 Highway 128, Theopolis Vineyards spans 20 acres of land boasting different variations of grapes for Petite Sirah, Pinot Noire, and Rosé wines. Wine Enthusiast nominated the winery for a Wine Star Award, and today, Lee is looking to broaden the community of viticulture.
With an established fund, Lee set up at the University of California, she is using her platform to introduce more Black people to vineyard management. The Theopolis Vineyards Diversity Fund is expanding the narrative of Black vintners who operate wineries across the United States, creating more space for them to feel seen.
Theodora R. Lee fell in love with wine during the 1980s and made it her goal to open up her own vineyard. While practicing law and working at a firm, Lee purchased land outside of Sonoma County to bring her wine dreams to life. She gravitated to the world of fine wine that already existed in California, and added her own spin with her premium wine selections.
Theopolis Vineyards hosts fun event programming for its membership holders. The exclusive Theopolis Vineyards Wine Club Virtual Tasting Kits have been in high demand. Wine bottles start at $36 for purchase while Lee’s more expensive wines are listed at $150.