Andrew Delos Named Director of Winemaking for the Far Niente Family of Wineries and Vineyards
Oakville, CA – Andrew Delos has been appointed Director of Winemaking for the Far Niente Family of Wineries and Vineyards, the portfolio of luxury wineries that includes Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel, Dolce and Bella Union in the Napa Valley, as well as the EnRoute winery located in the Russian River Valley. Delos has been with the company 14 years, first as assistant winemaker at Nickel & Nickel, then as winemaker of EnRoute since the first vintage in 2007.
In his new position Delos will continue as EnRoute winemaker, while managing overall production capabilities and coordinating best practices among the winemakers in the Far Niente Family, with the mission of upholding and enhancing the quality of the wines.
“It is a privilege to take on the role of Director of Winemaking and have the opportunity to work with the talented winemakers that comprise our family of fine wines. Together, we can expand upon the foundations of fine winemaking established over decades and build on the reputation of luxury, quality and excellence that has served the company for so many years – the best is yet to come,” commented Delos.
Following graduation from the Viticulture and Enology program at University of California, Davis, Delos served as enologist with MacRostie Winery in Carneros. He then was appointed assistant winemaker at Pellegrini Family Vineyards in the Russian River Valley where he worked with Olivet Lane Vineyard. Delos became assistant winemaker at single-vineyard specialist Nickel & Nickel in Napa Valley, where he made wines from Napa Valley, Russian River and Sonoma Coast. When EnRoute was created in 2007, Delos was the natural choice for winemaker, given his background in Russian River Pinot Noir.
“Andrew has proven himself throughout his stewardship of EnRoute and is ready to expand his mission within the Far Niente Family. His remarkable winemaking skills, attention to detail and respect for the values of authenticity, integrity and teamwork will further the goals we all seek within our wineries, “ noted CEO Steve Spadarotto.
About the Far Niente Family of Wineries and Vineyards
Far Niente was established in Oakville, CA in 1885 and prospered until the onset of Prohibition in 1919, when the winery ceased operation and the estate was abandoned. Sixty years later, in 1979, the old stone shell of a winery underwent a three-year renovation, which restored the building to its original, 19th century grandeur. During restoration the name, “Far Niente,” which romantically translated means “without a care” was found carved in stone of the front of the building.
Far Niente helped create the high-end Napa Valley wine market and has served as the benchmark wine estate for more than three decades. Dolce, the only North American winery devoted to a single-late harvest Napa Valley wine was introduced in 1989. Nickel & Nickel, launched in 1997, is focused on producing single-vineyard, 100 percent varietal, Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon. EnRoute, established in 2007 in the Russian River Valley, is dedicated to the appellation’s Pinot Noir. Most recently Bella Union, devoted to Napa Valley Cabernet and located along Bella Oaks Lane in Rutherford, introduced its first wine with the 2012 vintage. Together with Vinescape, its vineyard management arm, the wineries comprise the Far Niente Family of Wineries and Vineyards.