T.J. Rodgers is the owner and chief winemaking officer for Clos de la Tech. He has been making wine since 1996. Our first vineyard is the premier one-acre vineyard, Domaine du Docteur Rodgers, which produces only 100 cases of handcrafted Pinot Noir annually. Our second vineyard is Domaine Valeta, so high in the Santa Cruz Mountains that it snows, which produces only 200 cases of Pinot Noir annually. And, finally, our third vineyard, the renouned Domaine Lois Louise, which currently produces 1,500 cases of Pinot Noir annually and will produce 10,000 cases when in full production.
T.J. is also the founder, and 34-year CEO of Cypress Semiconductor Corporation. He is a former chairman of the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) and sits on the board of directors of high-technology companies, including, Bloom Energy (fuel cells), and Cypress EnviroSystems (energy-saving systems). He is a Trustee Emeriti of Dartmouth College, his alma mater.
T.J. was a Sloan scholar at Dartmouth, where he graduated as Salutatorian with a double major in physics and chemistry. He attended Stanford University on a Hertz fellowship, earning a master's degree (1973) and a Ph.D. (1975) in electrical engineering.
Winemaking suits Valeta Massey well. It’s a discipline that requires equal parts logic and passion – two traits she has in spades. To satisfy the analytical side of her mind Valeta studied Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at UC Berkeley. Early in her college years she took a job at Cypress Semiconductor, eventually becoming a senior SRAM design engineer.
Her passion for wine was kindled in the 1990s during a tour of Burgundy with husband TJ. The experience had a profound effect on her life and influenced many of Clos de la Tech’s future viticultural and enological practices including site selection, high-density planting, farming for low yields, intensive fruit sorting, foot crushing, native yeast fermentations and whole-cluster fermentations.
Valeta lives in Woodside with TJ and their Parson Russell Terrier, Dollar.