From Childhood Dreams to Wine Expertise

As a child, Holly La Porta Jones transformed her playtime into a training ground for her future in hospitality. Today, as the Regional Tasting Room Manager at Rocky Pond Estate Winery, Holly reflects on her inspiring ascent from playful beginnings to wine connoisseurship.

Breaking Barriers and Overcoming Challenges

Holly’s entry into the hospitality realm began at 16, hosting guests at an Italian eatery. Her ambition led her from this humble start to earning a BS in Travel Industry Management from the University of Hawai’i Manoa, all while climbing the industry ladder.

Holly’s rise wasn’t without its trials. Confronting gender biases head-on, she earned her sommelier certifications by 21, swiftly moving into management roles. Her resolve was tested by unfounded rumors, but Holly stood firm, advocating for integrity and respect in the workplace.

Driving Treads

At Rocky Pond Estate Winery, Holly and her team are at the forefront of the wine industry’s evolution. They’re not just setting trends; they’re listening to their clientele and leading the charge toward sustainable practices and digital engagement.

Empowering Through Mentorship

Mentorship is Holly’s tool of choice for uplifting women in hospitality. She’s a testament to the power of solidarity and the importance of creating opportunities for women to thrive and lead.

Last Pour and a Toast to Holly’s Ongoing Legacy

Holly La Porta Jones stands as a symbol of tenacity and empowerment. Her narrative is not just her own but a beacon for women aiming to make their mark in the hospitality industry.