Our Team

A great group crafting an exceptional wine experience


At Topa Mountain Winery we are passionate about our region’s ability to produce local and environmentally sustainable wine. We believe in a holistic philosophy to winemaking which starts with climate, and emphasize the importance of the vineyard, as well as wine’s relation to the food we love to grow, cook, and eat. We look forward to hosting you soon, and showing you what makes our Ojai Shangri-La so very special!

Larry Guerra+

Larry Guerra, Owner

Jackie Franklin+

Jackie Franklin, General Manager

Dominic O’Reilly+

Dominic O’Reilly, Winemaker

Katie Ota+

Katie Ota, DTC Manager

TMW’s Tasting Room Team+

TMW’s Tasting Room Team, Wine Educators

Sonia Hopkins+

Sonia Hopkins, Wedding & Private Event Coordinator

Larry Guerra

Larry Guerra, Owner

Owner Larry Guerra built the winery to pursue his passion for viticulture and wine and to showcase exceptional wines made from grapes grown in the Ojai Valley Region.

The first estate vines were planted in 2009, with varietals selected based on the region’s unique climate and soil, after extensive research and analysis. Some of the plantings brought new varietals to the Ojai region, such as Barbera, Tempranillo, Carmenere and Touriga Nacionale. Others have long thrived in the region, including Syrah, Grenache and Viognier.

Larry’s dog, Luke, is a fixture at the Tasting Room – be sure to follow along with Luke’s wine dog adventures on Instagram @topamountainyappyhour!

Larry Guerra can be contacted at larry@topawines.com.


Jackie Franklin

Jackie Franklin, General Manager

Jackie is an Ojai native and loves the region dearly, whether exploring Los Padres National Forest or enjoying a day along the Ventura coast.

After completing her Bachelor’s Degree at UC Santa Cruz and honing her event coordination skills at the acclaimed Shadowbrook Restaurant in Capitola, California, Jackie returned to Ojai. Once back in her hometown, she learned a great deal about the music industry while working for Paradise Artists, a local music booking agency. This time would serve her current duties well, as she handles all of the music booking at Topa Mountain. From there, she managed the popular Suzanne’s Cuisine restaurant, only furthering her hospitality skill set. She was introduced to Larry in 2016, and as they say, the rest is history.

Jackie has been a core part of shaping the Topa Mountain brand from the beginning. She loves event coordination, but can’t be stuck behind a desk long – you’ll often see her behind the bar pouring for guests. A fabulous hostess, Jackie always strives for excellence in guest experiences here at Topa Mountain, no matter how large or small the party may be.

Her and her husband, Nick, also a wine enthusiast, are raising their son, Julian, here in the Ojai Valley. Their dog, Pico, can often be found getting into wine dog-mischief with Larry’s dog, Luke, here at the Tasting Room grounds.

Jackie Franklin can be contacted at jackie@topawines.com.


Dominic O’Reilly

Dominic O’Reilly, Winemaker

Winemaker Dominic O’Reilly’s winemaking career began at Owen Roe, his family’s winery, which has facilities in Washington and Oregon. He worked his way quickly from cellar-rat to management, gaining many skills in this fast-paced and competitive industry. Dominic developed a deep-rooted passion for the art of making and tasting wines, and soon began honing skills towards terroir-driven and European influenced styles.

Having begun his education in wine at an early age, Dominic chose to study Philosophy and Literature rather than pursue a degree in enology. After college, he began a life-changing role at the Ojai Vineyard in 2010, where he fell in love with the terroir and regions of Southern California and decided to devote his career to understanding it. Working closely with Adam Tolmach at the Ojai Vineyard, Dominic further refined his skills and style. In 2014, after a year of consulting, Dominic accepted the position of head winemaker for Topa Mountain Winery. Dominic has also broadened his experience with harvests in Australia at Killikanoon Winery, located in the Clare Valley, as well as Isabel Estate in Marlborough, New Zealand. He continues to consult for wineries and vineyards both locally and internationally.

Dominic has taken full advantage of the many microclimates spread across Santa Barbara County and Ojai. With his wines, he has been able to achieve complexity, marrying a balanced and refreshing style with the fruit and flavor evocative of our warmer Southern California climate.

Dominic and his wife, Anna, own and operate Anna’s Cider in Santa Paula, California – the first and only cidery in Ventura County.

Dominic O’Reilly can be contacted at dominic@topawines.com.


Katie Ota

Katie Ota, DTC Manager

Katie just joined the TMW Team in April 2019, but she’s no stranger to the wine industry, nor the Ojai Valley. Katie is Ojai born and raised, and spent the last decade managing the Direct-to-Consumer program at Bonny Doon Vineyard, in Santa Cruz, California. She has her Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology with a minor in Education from UC Santa Cruz.

Katie is the ying to Jackie’s yang, as she is much more of a behind-the-scenes team member – but you will see her in the Tasting Room when she is able to escape her desk. Katie loves organization, systems, computers and data… we know, BORING! But she knows how to have a good time, too. If you ask her anything wine club or e-commerce related, just prepare to have your ear talked off.

Katie lives in Carpinteria on an avocado ranch that has been in the family for generations. Her ranch dog, Rally, occasionally can be found at the Tasting Room with her fellow wine dogs, Luke and Pico, but when the 3 of them get together, it can be a real handful!

Katie Ota can be contacted at katie@topawines.com.


TMW’s Tasting Room Team

TMW’s Tasting Room Team, Wine Educators

We are nothing without our rockstar group of Wine Educators!

In addition to mastering the art of front of house hospitality, the talents of this group know no bounds: photography, cooking, accounting, table-refinishing, banking, bottling line and sorting table workhorses, nursing degrees, inventory management, gift giving, compliance, flower arranging, heavy lifting, modeling, deep cleaning, all star football kicking, tennis playing – just to name a few skills!

Amber, Ashley, Blane, Carly, Charisma, Cooper, Deborah, Domenico, Georgia, Heather, Lara, Mona and Rachelle can’t wait to greet you soon!

TMW’s Tasting Room Team can be contacted at info@topawines.com.


Sonia Hopkins

Sonia Hopkins, Wedding & Private Event Coordinator

Sonia’s passion for design came at an early age, her memories of redesigning her bedroom at the age of twelve is where she suspects it all began. “Designing feeds my soul, it’s as natural to me as breathing.”

She thrives on organization and the details, loves spreadsheets, budgets, design boards and constant communication. For the past fifteen years Sonia has built a rich portfolio of weddings and events that include Five Star Resorts, Beautiful Private Estates, Rustic Ranches, and many other amazing locations. She’s also had the pleasure of working with the most amazing clients. “Relationships are important when planning your wedding, getting a strong team behind you early in the planning process is imperative.” Planning a wedding is one thing, but designing our clients perfect memory is what we strive for.

Sonia has built a team of dedicated event designers that provide services planning the most intimate of Events to Full Production Event Planning and Design. You can see Sonia’s work spanning the pages of C Weddings, The Knot, Style Me Pretty, Carats & Cake, California Wedding Day, Flutter Magazine, Ceremony Magazine, Wedding Chicks, Green Wedding Shoes, Once Wed and many others.

Sonia Hopkins can be contacted at topamtnevents@gmail.com.




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