Our Team

Mark Lyon

Mark Lyon
Founder / Winemaker

Mark Lyon, an experienced winegrower in Alexander Valley, has over three decades of experience in making wines from his vineyards. Mark received a B.S. of Fermentation Science from the University of California at Davis in 1978. The very next year he was hired by Sebastiani Vineyards to assist with production. In 1985 he was placed in charge of harvest at the winery and subsequently, the winemaking team. During this time Mark focused on producing the finest wines for Sebastiani using vineyards throughout Sonoma County, including his own.

Mark’s successes were notable during his time at Sebastiani Vineyards. The inaugural 1999 Alexander Valley Cabernet Sauvignon, from Eco Terreno Vineyards, was the first Sebastiani Vineyards wine to be in “Top 100 Wines of the Year” and on the cover of Wine Spectator Magazine. Mark was named “Winemaker of the Year” by Restaurant Wine Magazine in 2004. In 2005, Mark was awarded the “Distinguished Alumni Award” from U.C. Davis. The biannual award has been given to prominent industry leaders such as Robert Mondavi and Justin Meyers. Bill Foley retained Mark as Winemaker when he bought Sebastiani Vineyards in 2009. As a result of their working relationship, wine quality and ratings have improved; Mark crowned his tenure in 2015 at Sebastiani Vineyards with scores of 95 to 98+ from Robert Parker’s The Wine Advocate for his 2013 Sebastiani Cabernet Sauvignon-based Cherryblock, Gravel Bed Alexander Valley, Gravel Bed Sonoma County, and Old Vine releases, three of which were made with some fruit, or entirely from Lyon’s Eco Terreno Vineyards. He retired from the head winemaking position at Sebastiani in 2016 to focus on Eco Terreno’s vineyards and wines.


Rob Izzo, Ph.D.
General Manager

Rob Izzo began in the classroom teaching information technology classes in Atlanta, Georgia. An interest in organizational development led him to enroll with the University of Virginia to pursue a Ph.D. in Education Leadership. During his time in graduate school, he explored domestic and international wine growing regions extensively. He developed a deep interest and ardor for wine.

Upon graduating, Rob moved to Sonoma, California, to begin a career in the wine industry working for Wilson Artisan Wineries based in Geyserville in 2012. He was elevated to Director of Sales and Marketing for the nine wineries in 2014.

In addition to being General Manager at Eco Terreno Wines, Rob serves as a highly esteemed lecturer for Sonoma State University’s Wine Business Institute and College of Business and Economics.


Jennifer Sunia
Operations Manager

Born and raised in the town of Sonoma, Jennifer’s hands-on experience in the wine industry came from harvesting Cabernet Sauvignon and Zinfandel grapes in her family’s Lobsinger Stone Barn Vineyard. Happy memories of working side-by-side with her own kids, siblings, parents, and husband were a harbinger of her professional life to come. After working as a stay-at-home Mom with her own daycare, Jennifer officially entered the winery side of the wine business in 2015 as the Administrative Assistant at Eco Terreno Wines. Since that time, Jennifer’s skills in human resources, bookkeeping, logistics, and sales and marketing support have made her an indispensable member of the team, and led to her promotion to Operations Manager in 2017.


Jennifer Tincknell
National Sales/Marketing Manager

Jennifer Tincknell has more than three decades of experience in the wine industry, which includes national sales, distribution management, wine buying and supplier relations, and importing to hands-on wine blending and production strategy. Fluent in French and Italian from attaining major and minor degrees from the University of California at Berkeley, Jennifer has traveled extensively throughout the major wine regions in Europe, South America and New Zealand on behalf of employers and clients. She was the Vice President and National Sales Manager for Wine Distributors and Wine Imports based in San Francisco. She worked for wine importers Bercut Vandervoort and Company, and her own consulting practice had clients that included Hanzell Vineyards, Private Cellars/Four Vines Inc., and Dufour & Company.

In addition to her National Sales duties for Eco Terreno Wines, Jennifer is the founding partner and ongoing consultant at Tincknell & Tincknell, Wine Sales and Marketing Consultants, and a senior judge for the San Francisco Chronicle Wine Competition Label Contest Division.


Daphne Amory

Daphne Amory
Biodynamic Farming Consultant

Daphne Amory is a California-based consultant, accredited inspector, public speaker, and educator with expertise in biodynamic farming, agriculture, and viticulture.

Growing up on the western slope of Colorado, Daphne realized there was a constant awareness of the natural rhythms of life: working the cattle on her family’s ranch, the cycles of birthing, dying, sowing, harvesting. Climate and environmental factors all played an intrinsic role in the everyday choices of the ranch. Daphne thinks that agriculture is the perfect stage for the ongoing, dramatic interaction of nature and humanity to unfold. Understanding the story of the past, the story of the present, and the story of the future as it is waiting to unfold is what brings Daphne to the fields, day after day, to witness the beautiful, ever-changing Theatre of the Natural World. In her work with biodynamics and regenerative farming, she continues to expand her understanding of this interaction and share the unique stories of place, of farm, of ecology and of human engagement with both clients and students alike.


Eugenio Villaseñor
Vineyard Manager

With deep roots in Sonoma County agriculture, the Villaseñor family has been farming since Eugenio was born. As a child, Eugenio worked with his grandmother learning traditional farming, and planting in harmony with the cycles of the moon long before the terms organic and biodynamic became popular. As a teen, jobs in landscape gardening led to a position at Sonoma-Cutrer Winery where over seven years he was a vineyard worker, cellar worker, and safety-supervisor. In 2011, Eugenio became Vineyard Manager and cellar worker at Paradise Ridge Winery, where he oversaw their vineyards’ conversion to organic, further deepening Eugenio’s education in regenerative farming. In 2016, Eugenio was hired at Eco Terreno as Vineyard Manager where his early love of farming has come to its fullest expression. In his free time Eugenio enjoys travelling, mountain biking, running, and cooking, and is a medal-winning amateur winemaker.


Jose Sanchez
Assistant Vineyard Manager

With a family background in farming that spans generations, Jose has distinguished himself as an exceptional vineyard worker during his tenure at Eco Terreno. New to regenerative farming and Demeter Biodynamic protocols, he has been an excellent student, assisting with all aspects of the vineyard and garden work at the Lyon and Cisne Vineyards since he was hired in 2017. Raised in Cloverdale, Jose’s career as a soccer and track athlete at Cloverdale High were integral to his academic and professional success. He continues to love sports, cars, and his continuing education.

 


Dan Ditzler
Farm & Gardens Coordinator