California Department of Food and Agriculture


Joy Sterling, Agricultural Industry Member

Term Expires: January 2021

Joy Sterling

Joy represents the second generation at her family's winery Iron Horse Vineyards in Sebastopol, CA. She is the CEO of the winery and the author of four books. She grew up in Paris, speaks fluent French, graduated from Yale and spent 10 years as a journalist before joining the winery. An adventurer, Joy has climbed Kilimanjaro, trekked in the Himalayas, run white water rapids in China and has literally been to Timbuktu ... and back. Joy sits on the Board of the Leakey Foundation, spearheads an annual eco-fund and awareness raising event: Celebrate Earth Day in Green Valley and has launched a vintage Blanc de Blancs Sparkling Wine in partnership with National Geographic called Ocean Reserve to help restore the ocean's health and abundance.