PlumpJack Winery

Gavin Newsom

Gavin Newsom is a fourth-generation San Franciscan who was elected to consecutive terms as Mayor of the city and now serves as Lieutenant Governor of California. Over the years, Newsom has worked tirelessly in the public sector to revitalize MUNI, restore neighborhood parks, combat homelessness and protect diversity.

Also an entrepreneur and wine enthusiast, Newsom, with philanthropist Gordon Getty, opened the retail venue, PlumpJack Wines, in 1992. Their vision was to demystify the wine-buying experience by providing a friendly, helpful atmosphere. Today this vision has expanded to include PlumpJack Winery, CADE Winery, fine restaurants, resorts, and retail outlets.

Newsom lives in Sacramento with his wife and children.

John Conover

Longtime wine industry executive John Conover is General Manager of PlumpJack Winery and Partner in CADE Winery. He helped focus the direction of PlumpJack on Cabernet Sauvignon, the varietal that achieves unparalleled expression in the Oakville region of Napa Valley. The results have been high critical acclaim for our Estate and Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon wines, including many 90+ scores and Wine Enthusiast's designation of our 2001 Estate Cabernet Sauvignon as "The Number One Wine in the World." Our PlumpJack Reserve Chardonnay is a regular favorite at the White House. Conover also pioneered the use of screw-cap bottle toppings for high-end wines, a decision he believes best protects the wine and underlines PlumpJack's approachability.

"As far as Cabernet Sauvignon vineyards go, it just doesn't get any better than Oakville," says Conover. "We have our own interpretation of the classic Oakville expression. Our wines have bold fruit character, rich complexity, and an inviting, easy-to-enjoy style."

Conover joined PlumpJack Winery in 1999, after holding sales, marketing, and management positions with Grgich Hills Cellar, Monticello Cellars, and Lockwood Vineyard. He serves on the Board of Directors of The Napa County Land Trust and Napa Valley Grape Growers.

PlumpJack Group

The PlumpJack Group is a hospitality management company founded by California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom with San Francisco Philanthropist Gordon Getty. Long-time wine industry executive John Conover serves as current General Manager of PlumpJack Winery and Partner in CADE Winery.

Founded in 1992 with the opening of PlumpJack Wines, The PlumpJack Group portfolio has expanded to include the following luxury resorts, restaurants and wineries: PlumpJack Balboa Café (San Francisco and Mill Valley), PlumpJack Café Squaw Valley, PlumpJack Winery, PlumpJack Squaw Valley Inn, MATRIXFILLMORE, two PlumpJackSport retail clothing stores, a second PlumpJack Wines in Noe Valley, The Carneros Inn (Napa Valley), FARM at The Carneros Inn, The Boon Fly Café, The Orchard Residences at The Carneros Inn, MARKET at The Carneros Inn, and CADE Winery, the first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold Certified estate winery in Napa Valley.