Olivia Bue is the head winemaker of Temecula’s Robert Renzoni Vineyards and the only woman with that title in Southern California. Learn about Olivia Bue…
Your biggest accomplishment and why: Becoming the winemaker at Robert Renzoni Vineyards is by far my biggest professional accomplishment. After graduating from UC Davis’s Viticulture and Enology program, I was given the opportunity to intern at a few amazing wineries that really shaped my initial perspective, Mollydooker-South Australia and Cakebread Cellars in Napa. The two were somewhat contrasting styles of wine and region which allowed me to learn a variety of things from both. I was hired by Robert as Assistant Winemaker for Robert Renzoni in 2014, obviously with the goal of becoming the head winemaker. After two and a half years of devoting myself to the wines and the success of the winery, the promotion to winemaker came, as promised. Part of my mindset is also to never take this position for granted, making sure to continue challenging myself every day, learning new techniques and staying at the forefront of the industry so I can continue to grow as a winemaker and we can keep producing better wines. Part of my attraction and love for the job is that amazing wine is an endless pursuit as it’s impossible to know everything! Needless to say, this job keeps me on my toes!
The biggest obstacle you have overcome: Balancing my two passions…becoming a mother last year and continuing to be the best winemaker I can possibly be.
Someone who inspires you and why: My biggest inspirations are my parents; the most hard-working pair, best teammates, on their 40th year of marriage and both cancer survivors.
Advice to someone pursuing a career path in what you do: The best I was given was to find a winery that you can grow with and commit to. Devoting my energy and passion into the wines here are Robert Renzoni Vineyards for the past six and a half years makes it so special to see my family and friends enjoy the fruits of my labor.
Favorite quote: “It’s your life, live it well.” Short and simple, but the perfect daily reminder.
Something someone would be surprised to learn about you: I grew up as a competitive gymnast. Backflips were part of my everyday routine.
What makes someone fabulous in your own words: Great question! A fabulous individual inherits these three qualities in my eyes: positivity, enthusiasm and dependability. I am drawn to people who spread optimism and joy daily. It’s contagious!