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A Toast to New Adventures

As fourth-generation California residents, we both grew up in Northern California with a deep appreciation for all this beautiful area has to offer.

When it came time to find a forever home to raise our daughter, we searched all over wine country. The moment we stepped onto this 5-acre vineyard property in Livermore, we knew we were home. 

A lot of time and hard work has gone into realizing–or beginning to realize–our vision for the property and there’s still a long way to go. It’s an adventure, and we plan to savor every moment.

– Jennifer & Tim



“Sakura” means cherry blossoms in Japanese. We chose this name for the winery because the fleeting nature of the sakura is a beautiful reminder to embrace life and appreciate each moment.

Sakura Winery is here to help you hit pause on your to-do list and allow yourself the time to savor a special moment with family and friends. A big moment, a little moment, or anything in between.

The Sakura Team

Peter Murphy

Winemaking Director & Vineyard Manager

Peter graduated with a degree in fermentation science from UC Davis and has worked in many aspects of the wine industry.  In 1987 Peter and his wife, Nancy, founded Ag Tech Services Inc., a vineyard management and development company specializing in small private estates. Peter joined us as Vineyard Manager and quickly expanded to encompass Winemaking Director too.

Jennifer Sahara

General Manager & Assistant Winemaker

Jennifer graduated from UC Davis and Stanford with degrees in aeronautical and aerospace engineering. She spent most of her engineering career as a geosynchronous satellite orbit analyst in Sunnyvale, CA.  She now does that 3-4 days a week and spends the rest of her time managing Sakura Vineyard and Winery, as well as her favorite part of the job — working with Peter on winemaking.

Tim Dalbec

Director of Operations

Tim graduated from UC Davis and Stanford with degrees in mechanical and materials engineering.  He worked in research and development and quality assurance for several different medical device companies in Silicon Valley.  Tim continues to work full time as a quality engineer while also taking care of the winery infrastructure, ensuring that everything from water to power is functioning properly.