Interview with Jon Staenberg, Vineyard Owner


Jon recently sat down with the  Omaha Wine Examiner’s Kevin Lynch for a chat about wine, sports, Omaha and the good life.


Omahan Jon Staenberg Husker fan, venture capitalist and his Hand of God Winery

August 25, 9:17 AM – Omaha Wine Examiner – Kevin Lynch

There seems to be a comparatively high number of successful people from Omaha relative to the rest of the country. Without any accurate way to measure the likelihood of success residents of one city will achieve versus another, we can safely say that Omahans stand a 83.6% higher chance of achieving their goals than the residents of other cities. Proof of this is Omaha-born Jon Staenberg. After getting a start at Microsoft, Staenberg has gone on to become a partner at Rustic Canyon Partners, a venture capital firm based in Seattle. He is also founder of, Chief Stub Collector at Staenberg’s Stubs where he is amassing the world’s largest collection of sports ticket stubs. And, he is the president/founder of Hand of God Wines in Mendoza, Argentina.

Hand of God Wines (Mano de Dios in Spanish) is a boutique winery located in the Uco Valley in the shadow of the Andes Mountains. Staenberg and one of South America’s preeminent winemakers Santiago Achaval, have teamed up to produce Malbec wines. The name of the winery comes from the controversial goal Diego Maradona scored on English goalkeeper Peter Shilton in the 1986 World Cup match. The goal, scored in the first six minutes of the second half, was the result of “un poco con la cabeza de Maradona y otro poco con la mano de Dios” (A little with the head of Maradona and a little with the hand of God.)

Argentina’s Mendoza region is the ideal home for the Malbec grape. With its desert climate, rocky soil, and pure Andes mountain irrigation water this grape, largely ignored in its native France, has become an international varietal sensation.

Recently the Omaha Wine Examiner had chance to ask now Seattle resident and entrepreneur Jon Staenberg a few questions about wine, Hand of God Winery and Omaha.


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