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Chalk Hill Estate, California

Vinetalk: Vineyard Updates from Steve Nelson and Mark Lingenfelder, VP and Director of Operations

Meet Steve
For the past three years, Steve was the Assistant Winemaker at Lewis Cellars in Napa. Prior to that Steve was the Assistant Winemaker at Sebastiani, making wines with Mark Lyon for three years. His other experience includes three vintages as Harvest Enologist with Joel Gott Wines and another vintage with Joseph Phelps Vineyards in Napa. In addition, Steve has had international harvest internships with Henschke Cellars in the Barossa Valley of Australia and Ceretto Fratelli in Piedmont, Italy. With a Master of Science degree in Viticulture and Enology from UC Davis, Steve brings over 10 years of winemaking experience to Chalk Hill Estate, along with very strong technical knowledge and experience. Steve explained, “Chalk Hill Estate is an incredible property, known for its rich history of producing a wide variety of luxury, estate-driven wines. I am thrilled to continue this tradition and to be able to work with all the estate has to offer.”

Bill Foley, Proprietor of Foley Family Wines, added, “Steve brings a very well rounded skill set to Chalk Hill.  He’s made a variety of luxury wines, worked with vintages all over California and around the world, and has trained under very strong winemakers. I am excited to have him join our team.” 

Steve currently lives in Sonoma and when he’s not making wine, he enjoys hiking and spending time with his wife and two young children.

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