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Schlatter Family Wines Appoints Simon Faury to Winemaker for Merryvale Vineyards


Date: 07/25/14

Schlatter Family Wines (SFW) Proprietor René Schlatter today announced the promotions of Simon Faury to Winemaker for the iconic St. Helena winery, Merryvale Vineyards, and Jeff Crawford as Winemaker at SFW’s southern Carneros property, Starmont Winery and Vineyards. To support Merryvale and Starmont wines in the marketplace, Charlie Plummer has been appointed National Sales Manager.

Faury joined the Merryvvale Vineyards winemaking team in June 2013 as Assistant Winemaker. His past experience at some of the world’s most famed wineries, including Château Pichon-Longueville and Domaine de Chevalier in Bordeaux and Donnafugata in Sicily made him a natural choice for the position. In the valley his experience includes work for Robert Mondavi, The Napa Valley Reserve and Harlan Estate. Faury’s depth of experience has molded his philosophy of true-to-varietal wines that are balanced and elegant. He holds a Master’s Degree in Viticulture and Enology from the University of Bordeaux and is a native of France. Faury currently resides in St. Helena, only blocks from Merryvale Vineyards’ winery.

“We’re making an investment in building dedicated, experienced teams at Merryvale Vineyards and Starmont Winery to create wines of distinction that are true to their origins,” explains Schlatter. “Simon brings a level of experience and finesse that fits with Merryvale Vineyards Bordeaux-centric portfolio and Jeff has been an integral part of the winemaking team at Starmont Winery for a number of years. We’re thrilled to encourage two young, inspiring and determined winemakers. With the addition of Charlie’s experience and relationships both locally and across the country, we’re confident we’ll continue to see success and growth in the market.”

ABOUT SCHLATTER FAMILY WINES

Schlatter Family Wines was established in 1996 when Swiss-native and family patriarch, Jack Schlatter, purchased historic Merryvale Vineyards and the 25-acre Schlatter Family Estate vineyard just east of St. Helena. The 49-acre Stanly Ranch Estate vineyard, located in the southeastern most corner of the Carneros appellation, was planted in 2001 and construction on the state-of-the-art Starmont Winery completed in 2006. Schlatter Family Wines is the privately held parent company integrating the well-regarded Merryvale Vineyards and Starmont Winery portfolios.

ABOUT MERRYVALE VINEYARDS

With decades of Napa Valley history under its belt and the Schlatter family behind its name, Merryvale Vineyards is the quintessential St. Helena destination. Located in the heart of Northern California’s premier wine country, Merryvale Vineyards employs thoughtful farming practices and superior standards in the winery to ensure that the wines live up to their full potential. Merryvale’s unparalleled Bordeaux varietals-focused portfolio boasts complex, balanced and classic wines that are truly reflective of the region’s terroir. For more information please call 707.963.7777 or visit www.merryvale.com.

Region: Napa & Sonoma
Job Function: Winemaking

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