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Artesa Vineyards & Winery Names Dana Epperson as Assistant Winemaker of Artesa & Lead Winemaker for Elements

Date: 08/20/12

Artesa Vineyards & Winery has appointed Dana Epperson as the Assistant Winemaker for Artesa Lead Winemaker for Elements. Epperson has worked at Artesa since 2009 as an enologist and will report to Director of Winemaking Mark Beringer to support cellar operations, viticultural management and staff management.

“I look forward to taking on new responsibilities at Artesa and continuing to contribute to our world-class winemaking and viticultural team,” states Epperson. “I am excited to take on a greater leadership role for Elements as we develop this dynamic range of wines within our portfolio.”

During her tenure at Artesa, Epperson has overseen vineyard practices including quality assurance in grape supply, grower relations and winemaking protocols. She has actively participated in the development of wine blending and new product launches, and has also managed cellar operations encompassing vinification, blending, barrel work, bottling and safety protocols.

Epperson holds a Bachelor of Science in Food Science from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo. Prior to joining Artesa, Epperson served as an enologist for Edna Valley Vineyard where she honed her skills in laboratory and sensory analysis. Her accomplishments included the enhancement of lab procedures to achieve the highest accuracy in results, and the implementation of cellar staff training programs. Epperson’s first winemaking position was with Ferrari-Carano Vineyards & Winery, where she served as a viticulture technician responsible for data collection in the vineyard at every stage of the growing cycle. She also oversaw new methods for vineyard management practice, such as disease and pest prevention.

About Artesa Vineyards & Winery
Artesa Vineyards & Winery sits high on a hilltop overlooking the renowned appellation of Carneros in southern Napa Valley. The winery’s roots date back to the 1980’s when the Raventós family, heirs of the Spanish winemaking dynasty Codorníu, began acquiring land in Napa Valley. In 1997 it was named Artesa, from the Catalan word for handcrafted. Today, Artesa focuses on producing small, ultra-premium lots of the varietals for which Carneros and the Napa Valley are best known − Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon – and aims to capture the essence of terroir through exceptional winemaking. Artesa hosts thousands of visitors each year in their artfully-designed tasting room, and offers over twenty wines for direct purchase from the winery. Artesa wines are nationally represented by Aveníu Brands, Baltimore, MD, a division of Grupo Codorníu.

Region: California, USA
Job Function: Winemaking

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