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Schlatter Family Wines Appoints Jeff Crawford as Winemaker for Starmont Winery

Posted on July 25, 2014

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

Crawford joined Starmont Winery and Vineyards in 2007, was appointed Assistant Winemaker in 2010, and quickly elevated to Associate Winemaker. Crawford has been integral in developing and focusing the winery’s portfolio to include varietals that thrive in the southern Carneros climate. His perspective has been shaped by travel around the globe to winemaking regions in Oregon, Germany and the Santorini and Peloponnese regions of Greece; his philosophy is making the highest quality wines that reflect their origins. Crawford considers Starmont Vineyards a microcosm of the Carneros region and in spring of 2014, released for the first time, two single-vineyard designates from the Stanly Ranch Estate, the Stanly Ranch Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from UC Davis and is a native of Alaska.

“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.”


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.


Established in 2006 by the Schlatter family as a sister property to the Bordeaux varietal -focused Merryvale Vineyards, Starmont Winery and Vineyards, with its distinctive terroir, thoughtful farming and hands-on winemaking, results in serious yet approachable wines. For more information, please call 707.252.8001 or visit

Region: Napa & Sonoma
Job Function: Winemaking

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