Lola Founder and Winemaker
Born on Anna Maria Island | Made in Napa Valley
LOLA Founder Seth Cripe has studied wine from every part of the wine-making process, including planting, irrigating, thinning, pruning, harvesting and finessing vintages at the most prestigious wineries in the world. As a teenager, he left his school and home in Anna Maria Island, a fishing village off the coast of Florida, and arrived in Napa Valley to pursue his dream of producing naturally balanced and authentic coastal wines. In 2008, he founded LOLA, a winery that embodies that vision through its Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling and Artisanal Series varieties. “A winemaker to me is a caretaker of what nature does on its own,” Cripe says. “We work with nature every step of the way to produce a wine that is almost as nature intended.” Cripe lives between his home in Napa Valley, and his native Anna Maria Island, where he produces critically acclaimed bottarga and caviar.
Director of Operations
A Napa Valley native, Andreae spent her childhood frolicking and sampling grapes in the vineyards before heading up to the Pacific Northwest for college, only to find herself drawn back to the sunny skies and friendly community in Napa Valley. For the past ten years, Whitney has worked in all aspects of the wine business, including national sales, marketing, direct sales and brand management, among many others. Today, Andreae manages the daily operations of LOLA, and alongside winemaker/proprietor Cripe to ensure the wine reaches domestic and international markets.
Key Accounts Manager / California Sales Manager
Based in southern California, Jason Hall works with a variety of different markets throughout the country. A childhood friend, Hall grew up with Seth on the Gulf Coast of Florida where they worked together as busboys at one of Florida’s finest Restaurants, the Beach Bistro on Anna Maria Island. It is there that they both had the opportunity to learn about the world’s finest wine and in turn led them both down their paths in the wine business– Jason in wine sales and Seth in winemaking and viticulture in Napa. Jason is excited to be working with his good friend Seth again and assist him in building LOLA wines into a national and international wine brand.
LOLA House Matriarch