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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

Jennifer Sahara

Winemaker & General Manager

Jennifer went to UC Davis and Stanford for aeronautical and aerospace engineering and spent most of her career as a satellite orbit analyst. She now does that 3 days/week, and spends the rest of her time managing the winery and studying winemaking.

Tim Dalbec

Property Operations Manager

Tim went to UC Davis and Stanford for mechanical and materials engineering. He’s worked in research/development and quality assurance for several medical device companies, and continues to work as a quality engineer while also taking care of the property infrastructure.

Peter Murphy

Winemaking Consultant

Peter graduated with a degree in fermentation science from UC Davis. In 1987 Peter founded Ag Tech Services Inc., a vineyard management and development company specializing in small estates. Peter started as our Vineyard Manager and now acts as winemaking consultant.