JC van Staden was born and raised on a game farm in South Africa. Growing up, his family raised cattle, sheep and game. Planting about everything imaginable, which included table grapes, he planted his first vineyard when he was 14. Riding bulls, wrestling crocs and catching warthogs was a little too much fun, so at a summer job at Robertson Winery at the age of nineteen, JC found his passion for winemaking.
After beginning his career at Robertson Winery, he joined the prestigious Boekenhoutskloof Winery in Franschhoek, South Africa. JC also gained international experience in France before coming to Michael & David Vineyards of Lodi in 2003, after which he joined Peltier Winery in 2005 where he created our award winning Petite Sirah. JC’s remarkable blending skills have changed the face of Lodi's wines, from being a bulk producing appellation, to a quality force to be reckoned within the wine industry.
In his free time, JC enjoys playing, coaching, and refereeing Rugby! He also tries to keep up with his wife Carien, and two kids, Christoff and Amika.