It Begins in the Vineyard

From the very beginning, we knew we had a unique piece of land for winegrowing.

The Three Soils

Matt Crafton, Winemaker

A native Virginian, Matt doesn’t miss the humidity or Capitol Hill. Proper barbecue, the Appalachian Trail, and good whiskey are another story.

Named Winemaker in 2014, Matt joined Chateau Montelena in 2008 as Assistant Winemaker after graduating from UC Davis and, armed with an Economics degree from the University of Virginia, brings a splash of finance to farming and fermentation.  Having worked in cellars and vineyards up and down the north coast and back east since 2003, Matt brings a diverse skillset and a fresh set of eyes to an iconic winemaking team.

Shortly after joining the winery and following the completion of a new 220KW solar array, Matt spearheaded Chateau Montelena's sustainability program.  Focusing on responsible conservation, industry best practices, and practical economics, Chateau Montelena was certified as a Bay Area Green Business and Napa Green Winery in 2010.  Fish Friendly Farming and Napa Green Vineyard certifications were earned in 2013.