PZ @ Gold Lakes with Hat

Paul pursues interests in wine, water and wilderness. Working closely with winegrowers and organizations on the North Coast, Paul promotes positive outcomes for issues relating to winegrape quality and water use. Paul currently serves on the Russian River Flood Control District as President and as Education Director for the Lake County Winegrape Commission, coordinating their Sustainable Winegrowing Programs and Master Vigneron Academy. Paul is blessed to live with his wife Mary Agnes in Ukiah, CA.

My experience with food production and environmental interface began 30 years ago at Rancho La Puerta, the world famous spa founded in 1940 in northern Mexico. For over fifteen years I worked with the Ranch to expand their organic and horticultural gardens, develop potable water resources and establish natural wastewater treatment and reuse. The founders, Edmund and Deborah Szekely, inculcated me with their mantra of “Siempre Mejor”, meaning “Always Better”.

Zellman, who has 30 years of grape growing and winemaking experience, was selected to help the Lake County Winegrape Commission (LCWC) develop and implement its Spanish language Master Vigneron Academy.  As stated in the mission statement for the Master Vigneron Academy (MVA), the Commission directors believe, “the vineyards are at the heart of producing world class wines and that experienced vineyard workers and foremen are the key to bring out the best of those vineyards.” Speaking about anticipated outcomes of the Master Vigneron Program, Zellman said, “Growers will see crews that are supervised by graduates of the MVA performing tasks correctly and at lower costs. Ultimately, wineries and wine drinkers will recognize these efforts by the production of better wines. Furthermore, as the word spreads of the professional training that we provide for our supervisors, Lake County will attract and retain more key vineyard supervisors. Also, other employees will see an opportunity to advance their own professional development and an enhanced livelihood.”The Ukiah viticulturalist will also direct the LCWC Sustainable Winegrowing & Certification program.

Zellman previously worked with the Lake County Winegrape Commission, from 2001 to 2003, directing a comprehensive wine quality assessment. He also developed maps and reports supporting the High Valley AVA application.



  • Mendocino County Russian River Flood Control & Water Conservation Improvement District— current publicly elected Trustee & President
  • California licensed Pest Control Advisor (PCA) License #125475
  • ASEV—Professional member

Paul Zellman


  • NACD / Goodyear Conservation Award for California — cover crops & erosion controls
  • California Agricultural Production Consultants Association (CAPCA) — Chapter President
  • Boy Scouts of America—Scout Master (Two Eagle Scout sons)
  • Mission Resource Conservation District — Treasurer and Secretary eight years
  • World Record Holder: Frisbee Upside-down Distance Throw


  • Master of Science Soil Science University of California, Riverside
  • Bachelor of Science Viticulture University of California, Davis