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.