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20 October 2014 News

David Stoneberg, editor of St. Helena Star, wrote an article on Chateau Montelena’s new winemaker – see below for an excerpt!

“Matt Crafton, a native of Virginia, first worked as a cellar rat, then cellar master before moving to California and earning a degree from UC Davis. After that, his first job was assistant winemaker at Calistoga’s Chateau Montelena.

For winemaker Matt Crafton, it’s all about balance.

Balance means walking in the vineyards at Calistoga’s Chateau Montelena starting in January and February; balance means making sure an old head-trained vine has the water it needs at the right time of year to produce the canopy for the fruit it is growing; and balance means understanding the grapes you’re given in the cellar and highlighting their best parts to make great wines.”

Click here for the whole article