Family Founded, owned and operated
A Father and Daughter DUO!
Highest and Coldest and Snowiest
A Truckee born and bred business
A Winery is born!
Beginning in a 2 car garage in Sierra Meadows, a winery begins to produce Chardonnay and Pinot Noir!
The Winery moves to the Barn
The Jones family and TRW move to the River and expand the winery into the Barn!
TRW Bocce League expands
The TRW Bocce league expands to 3 nights a week, and 18 teams each night!
A Skier's Passion
Learn more about our Family and History
Owner and Head Winemaker
Russ Jones was born in Yosemite National Park, where he spent most of his childhood, until his family moved to Squaw Valley. Russ learned how to ski in Yosemite, but he learned how to race in Squaw. He spent his high school career racing and loving the snow. He and his wife met on the high school race team, where Russ dominated the field. He graduated from UC Davis with a degree in Enology and Viticulture (winemaking and grape growing). He and his wife traveled through Oregon, Washington and Paso Robles after graduation, where he worked at several wineries and perfected the Pinot Noir process. They then moved back to Truckee to start a family, and that is when he decided to make his own wine, using the natural ideal temperatures and humidity of Tahoe to make the wine distinctively unique. His artistic and analytical mind ensures that the science and art in winemaking is used to its potential. With this perfect blending of art and science, Truckee River Winery's wines have exceptional flavors and aromas.
Katy Carroll Jones
White Winemaker and General Manager
Katy Carroll Jones was born in Truckee, CA and is the daughter of Russ Jones. Growing up in Truckee, she also became an avid skier, enjoying downhill early in life and then cross country and biathlon competitively. She graduated from Truckee High, and went on to go to college at Gonzaga University. She met her husband while working as a server at Garwoods (he was the chef at the time). They have a lovely house in Truckee and two gorgeous dogs. She still skis often with the family, and enjoys overlanding and rock crawling in their family Jeep Rubicon. She has grown up in the winery (literally) and for 30 years has had a hand in all aspects of the wine business. She started working full time for Truckee River Winery in 2009, when the "Ranch" was opened on Brockway Road. She was one of the first tasting room associates of the winery. Over the years, her roles and duties increased and she became the first Director of Sales and Marketing, bookkeeper, Event Coordinator and Wine Club manager, among other titles. In 2015, she became the General Manager of Truckee River Winery and in 2017 became the White Winemaker and part owner. She loves making all the white wines, and has enjoyed increasing the white wine program. Her Rose varietals are a point of pride and her Pinot Gris Rose is a fun and lovable wine for all.
We have a great group of team members keeping us safe, and making great wine!
They are all furry, have four legs and love food!
8 year old Giant Schnauzer
our HR director
10 year old Australian Shepard
in charge of monitoring cases and barrels
3 year old Standard Schnauzer
Cellar Rat in training