In 2016 Chris was promoted from assistant winemaker to head winemaker at Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winer. Chris graduated with an AAS in Viticulture and Enology from the Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai Collage, Clarkdale campus. Chris is in charge of all of the most important and critical aspects of winemaking and vineyard maintenance.
Our neighbor, the Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai Collage continues to be a source of pride to all, as the premier academic program supporting wine growers and makers in Arizona.
“Although I enjoy our blended wines, my true passion is Arizona single vineyard, pure varietal wines. They are true results of the Arizona terroir.”
“I’ve always believed in doing what you love and loving what you do. It’s my passion that drives me forward. I learned to make wine just like a chef learns to cook ... by doing it! I don’t use the same written formula each harvest. Nothing is set in stone. Decisions are based on the condition of the fruit…each year is different.”
Owner & Winemaker Cynthia Snapp has 25+ years in the Sedona/Verde Valley. Cynthia credits her European roots for her drive and strong sense of sustainability. Working side by side with Rod since the conception of Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery, she shares Rod’s passion and vision. For the past 10 years, Cynthia has been involved in planting, pruning, harvesting, bottling and making wine in the Verde Valley. Working with Rod, she learned basic wine making and lab skills from the ground up and soon her inner winemaker began to shine through. Hard work and passion for the craft coupled with a refined palate elevated Cynthia to head of winemaking and is now one of the top winemakers in the State of Arizona. Cynthia’s winemaking skills have led Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery to many national ( San Francisco Chronicle Wine competition ) and international wine awards . In 2016 Cynthia passed the ‘’ Head Winemaker ‘’ baton to winemaker Chris Whitehorn.
Making fabulous wine has nothing to do with being male or female but I don’t think you can make fabulous wine without unwavering passion. Having said that, I think women have innate qualities that helps make them excellent wine makers.
“This is my dream and the ever evolving masterpiece of my life”
Rod Snapp is the Javelina Leap Vineyard & Winery founder, owner and director of winemaking and vineyard growing. Rod is one of the leaders and original pioneers in the northern Arizona wine industry. A resident of Arizona for over 35 years, Rod is an entrepreneur whose roots go deep into the Sedona community. His experience and passion for the culinary arts go hand in hand with wine and this evolved into a dream of establishing his own Arizona vineyard and winery. Eventually this dream led Rod to a 6 year enology & viticulture apprenticeship and the purchase of 10 1/4 acres of sloping, volcanic hillsides in Page Springs Arizona. Dreams do come true! 2015 marked Rod’s 16th year in the Arizona wine industry.
JB has an educated palate, depth of knowledge and experience in winemaking, vineyard and cellar operations.
Rod and Cynthia are also among the founders of the Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College located in Cottonwood Arizona. The center is a premier academic center for AAS Degree or Certificate of Viticulture and Enology.