Lauren Ackerman is co-owner and acting manager of Ackerman Family Vineyards (AFV), a small producer of cabernet sauvignon wines harvested from her 16-acre vineyard located in the Coombsville AVA within southeastern Napa Valley. She is responsible for strategic planning, production, sales/marketing, hospitality, events, compliance, finance and customer service for the winery.
Ms. Ackerman is also the owner of Ackerman Heritage House (AHH), an 1888 Queen Anne Victorian “living museum” used as a historical space for wine and food events. She restored this historic residence between 2010 and 2016 and the property is now available to corporations, local businesses and individuals for various uses. Additionally, Ackerman Family Vineyards just opened its first tasting salon, The Aviary, in the 1910 carriage house located behind AHH.
Before starting AFV and AHH in 2006, Ms. Ackerman had an international management-consulting firm within the information technology industry for several years before moving from Southern California to the Bay Area in 1988. Ms. Ackerman consulted with over 25 corporations in the high-tech industry before “retiring” from that world in 1999.
Since 1999, Ms. Ackerman has been actively involved at the board level for over 10 non-profit organizations, both locally and nationally. Today, she serves on the Board of di Rosa, the largest Bay Area Contemporary Art Center for emerging artists and SEE International, a growing non-profit located in Santa Barbara, CA saving the sight of over 40,000 people annually by providing free eye surgeries worldwide. Recently, Ms. Ackerman was invited to become a Member of the Society of Fellows for the Culinary Institute of America (CIA). She currently lives in Napa with her menagerie of farm animals and loves to travel in her spare time.