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Winemaking Team

Winemaking Team

Elizabeth Vianna attributes her career in winemaking to a glass of 1985 Sociando Mallet, which she enjoyed at a pre-auction tasting at Christie’s in New York. A biology major at Vassar College, Elizabeth was originally on the pre-medical school track. She fell in love with wine as a consumer while living in New York City, working as a clinical toxicologist at New York Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical Center. Her strong science background and sudden infatuation with wine propelled her to apply to the University of California - Davis, and its renowned winemaking program instead of medical school.

Elizabeth first came to Chimney Rock as a harvest intern in 1999, while completing her Master’s degree in enology at U.C. Davis. Upon graduation, she became an enologist at Napa Wine Company and was soon named assistant winemaker there, where she worked directly with many of the region’s top winemakers including Heidi Barrett, Erin Green, Pam Starr, and Celia Masyczek. Elizabeth was named to the position of assistant winemaker at Chimney Rock in January 2002 and advanced to the position of winemaker in 2005. In 2009, Vianna was honored by the University of California – Davis School of Graduate Studies when she was invited by the Dean of Graduate Studies to deliver the commencement speech. She was promoted to General Manager of Chimney Rock Winery in 2011 while continuing in her role as head winemaker at the Stags Leap District estate winery. She has also served as President of the Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association. During her tenure at Chimney Rock she has consistently produced wines that have been highly rated among critics and highly valued among consumers.

Elizabeth Vianna, Winemaker
Jeff van de Pol, the son of a classically-trained soprano mother (who later became a criminal attorney) and a soil scientist father (who later became a petroleum distributor) is no stranger to the competing roles of art and science (and big career changes!).

Jeff spent his early post-university years as a journalist, primarily writing articles on film, music, and technology for a number of publications. Looking to truly get his hands dirty, Jeff helped plant a vineyard, and quickly realized he had found his life’s true calling.

While completing his Viticulture & Enology degree at U.C. Davis, Jeff worked extended winemaking internships at Trefethen Family Vineyards and Etude Wines. A thorough exploration of Napa Valley’s subappellations led him to fall deeply in love with the wines of the Stags Leap District and Chimney Rock, where he began to work as a Harvest Enologist in August 2008. Hired as the full-time Enologist in March 2009, Jeff immersed himself in the production of world-class Cabernet Sauvignons under the tutelage of Winemaker Elizabeth Vianna and V.P. of Winemaking Doug Fletcher. Jeff was promoted to the role of Assistant Winemaker in January 2011.
Jeff van de Pol, Assistant Winemaker

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