Ames Morison is the winemaker and founding partner of Medlock Ames winery. A Virginian native, Ames graduated from Tulane University with a degree in Ancient History before working as a teacher in New York. His agricultural career began with a three-year placement in Guatemala with the Peace Corps. During this time, he worked with the locals using traditional, but often forgotten, modes of farming. This role nurtured a strong belief that modern intensive farming was a poor replacement for diversified agriculture that took a more balanced and sustainable approach to growing crops. This, and a lifelong fascination with wine, inspired Ames to found his own winery with best friend, Chris James.
After an intensive search, in 1998 he identified Bell Mountain Ranch in Sonoma County's Alexander Valley as an ideal site to develop a winery and organic vineyard with a keen eye to sustainability and open space as part of the development plan. Ames' approach to winemaking is to craft wines that are true to the vineyard's beauty. With this in mind, he and the vineyard crew, have been able to identify individual blocks that, over time, have brought forth amazing flavor and depth of character that showcase the signature Medlock Ames style.
Ames has worked in enological and production capacities at several Napa and Sonoma wineries as well as studied viticulture and enology at the University of California at Davis. He lives in Geyserville with Kate, his wife, and son.