Jerry Lohr of Saratoga, an engineer and founder of J. Lohr Vineyards & Wines, is the recipient of the Distinguished Achievement Award for
exemplary conduct and achievement. He was raised on a South Dakota farm and learned at a young age about the importance of soil quality, the environment and sustainable farming practices. His enterprise now sells a variety of wine and other beverages across the United States and worldwide.
Lohr is a strong supporter and friend to the department of viticulture and enology, and serves on its board of visitors and fellows. He has been a key contributor in the design, planning and fundraising efforts for UCD’s winery, brewery and food-processing teaching and research complex in the Robert Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science.