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St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery Announces Partnership with Michel Rolland (Press Release)

Date: 08/26/13

"We are excited to apply Rolland's encyclopedic knowledge of viticulture and oenology to our own winemaking practices."

St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery has hired world-renowned wine consultant, Michel Rolland, to work with their vineyard and winemaking teams. Robert Skalli, third generation vintner and owner of St. Supéry Estate stated, “Michel has been a very good friend for many years and is one of the best winemakers in Europe. We are very happy to have him once again bring his Bordeaux experience to Napa Valley to help us make the very best wine we can.”

Rolland has more than forty years of winemaking experience and has worked with hundreds of clients around the world. As stated by Emma Swain, CEO, “Rolland has one of the best palates in the world, he works with some of the best wineries across the globe and he experiments with more new methodologies than virtually any other winemaker today.” Swain went on to say, “We are excited to apply Rolland’s encyclopedic knowledge of viticulture and oenology to our own winemaking practices.”

Over the last four years, St. Supéry Estate invested with a target toward exceptional wines with focused vineyard strategies. This included improving their winemaking facility and vineyard management practices by purchasing double hand sorting equipment and small lot open top fermenters that are used for their single vineyard wines. While more recently adding optical sorting to the balance of the estate red wines. VP Winemaker, Michael Scholz, and VP of Vineyard Management, Josh Anstey refined vineyard practices, incorporating more precise management of grapevine yields for correct sun exposure and color and more accurate tests for phenological ripeness.

With these new practices firmly in place, St. Supéry Estate invited Rolland back to work with Scholz and Anstey, who both worked with Rolland from 1996 through 2002 when he was first hired by St. Supéry Estate to create their Bordeaux varietal blends program. Over that period of six years, Rolland also worked with Scholz and Anstey to improve St. Supéry Estate’s vineyards, which included replanting a number of parcels to better match the vine to the site. According to Scholz, “St. Supéry Estate experienced tremendous results when working with Michel in the prior chapter, and now with the recent improvements, maturing vineyards and improved site and vine selection, we think it is a terrific time to draw on Michel’s wealth of winemaking knowledge once again.”

Rolland is also looking forward to working with the St. Supéry Estate team again. Rolland states, “With age, work is definitely joined with pleasure. Because St Supéry has been part of my career, I enjoy coming back to work with Michael and Josh. Our target is to make the best wines, and, to achieve this, we need a lot of collaboration.”

St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery is a family owned, sustainably farmed, estate winery in Napa Valley, California. St. Supéry Estate specializes in Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, with more than 500 acres of sustainably farmed, Napa Green certified vineyards. Its award-winning wines are available from local retailers, at restaurants, at the winery in Rutherford, and online from St. Supéry Estate. Members of the St. Supéry Estate Club and Divine Club receive special small lot estate wines and access to exclusive winery events and offers. Check for new releases and local tasting events on Follow St. Supéry Estate on Twitter @stsupery or like St. Supéry Estate on Facebook for all the latest updates on events and wine releases. St. Supéry Estate's Napa Valley winery and gallery welcomes guests daily from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. for tastings, tours, Interactive Wine Classes and special events.
For inquiries, contact Jenna Bergna, 707-302-3424 or

St. Supéry Estate Vineyards & Winery • 8440 St. Helena Hwy. • PO Box 38 • Rutherford, CA 94573 • Phone 707-963-4507 • Fax 707-963-4526 • Toll Free 800-942-0809

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