Steve Leveque and Megan Gunderson Paredes, Winemakers

Steve Leveque is a Napa Valley native who has earned a reputation for making wines that reflect terroir and the essence of the varietal. After more than 10 years at Robert Mondavi Winery working closely with Tim Mondavi, Steve joined Sonoma’s Chalk Hill Estate Winery where he served as Executive Vice President and Winemaker, crafting small lot Bordeaux varietals to much fanfare. Three years ago, Steve was named Director of Winemaking for Hall Wines in St. Helena, where today he crafts award-winning, high-scoring wines that please the senses.

 

 

Megan Gunderson Paredes began her wine career as an intern at Robert Mondavi Winery in 2001, before becoming the Laboratory Manager at St. Supry Vineyards in Rutherford. Moving to Dominus Estates in Rutherford, she was mentored by Christian Moueix and Jean-Claude Berrouet, honing her winemaking skills. Now at Hall Wines, Megan is winemaker for WALT Wines’ Burgundy varietals.

 

 


Rios Farming Company, LLC, Vineyard Managers

Rios Farming Company is a full service vineyard management company offering vineyard management and development services. Founded in 1998 by Manuel Rios, Rios Farming Company currently manages over 1,500 acres of ultra-premium grapes in Napa and Lake Counties for estate wineries and private owners.

Manuel Rios grew up in the vineyard business and brings a wealth of experience to his operation along with a belief that quality wine begins in the vineyard. He is a well-respected member of the community, and has served on the Napa County Farm Bureau for a number of years.



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