Jerry’s roots begin in South Dakota, where he grew up on what would now be considered an organic farm. Today, he has taken the philosophy of sustainability that he learned as a youngster and built J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, a successful enterprise that sells its products across the United States and in more than 25 countries worldwide. “I’m a firm believer that success can only be achieved if you take care of your resources – the earth, people and your community.”
It is this belief that influenced Lohr’s philanthropy at UC Davis. He has been a key contributor in the design, planning, and fundraising efforts for UC Davis’ winery, brewery and food processing teaching and research complex in the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.
“I give to UC Davis because I think supporting high-caliber institutions of higher education like UC Davis is important for ensuring a prosperous future for California,” Lohr said. “I believe in the innovative work that the faculty, staff and students at UC Davis are doing and by supporting them I feel like I am being a good steward for future generations.”