Theodora Lee is a trial lawyer and a winemaker and owner of Theopolis Vineyards in Mendocino County in Northern California. Lee first discovered Northern California’s wine country when she was a young associate at Littler Mendelson law firm. She waited almost 20 years before she was able to buy 20 acres of land in the wine country. It took her 2 years to clear the land and start growing petit sirah and symphony varietals. Lee has won awards for her wine from Sunset magazine.

In this interview we talk with Lee about wine, wine-making in Mendocino County and how she came to follow the footsteps of her grandfather, who was a sharecropper in Texas. When she bought the land her goal was not be a winemaker, but be a farmer. Destiny had something else in store for her and she ended up becoming a winemaker.

Lee is a partner at Littler Mendelson and lives in the East Bay.

This interview aired on TV in San Francisco Bay area.


Theodora Lee is a lawyer & owner of Theopolis Vineyards located in Yorkville Highlands in Mendocino county Mendocino county is located right next to Sonoma, and is famous for its stunning coastline, food and wine. While  Napa and Sonoma are famous for their vineyards, neighoring county’s Anderson Valley in Mendocino has its own share of vineyards.

Theodora first discovered the wine growing region of Northern California as a young lawyer. About 10 years ago she bought a few acres of land in Yorkville Highlands and started her vineyard. She mostly grows Petite Sirah grapes.

We caught up with Theo as she prefers to be called at BiteSV conference in Santa Clara, and got to talk to her about the wines from her vineyard. In this video Theo is talking about their wine made from Symphony grape, which is a cross between Muscat of Alexandria and Grenache Gris. The wine has a dry, crisp finish as she puts it.

We have a longer interview with her coming up.