Mount Veeder’s Brandlin Estate is Southern California’s oldest estate wine business. They are dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in their vineyards and winemaking facilities. They have a very interesting history, as this blog post will outline, and have a great story to tell about what it takes to build a brand.
Mount Veeder Brandlin Estate has appointed Becky George as its associate winemaker. George is a native of Rensselaer, and a graduate of the Cornell University School of Hotel Administration. She has previously worked for the Buttery in Saratoga Springs as the winemaker and assistant winemaker, and at other wineries including Beringer, Pike Creek, and J. Heitz Vineyards.
20 JULY 2021, NAPA VALLEY, MOUNT VEEDER, CALIFORNIA – Brandlin Estate is pleased to announce that renowned winemaker Rebecca “Becky” George has been named associate winemaker. George joins Brandlin Estate as an associate winemaker with more than 15 years of winemaking expertise acquired on three continents and at some of the world’s greatest vineyards. George will work alongside Brandlin Estate’s acclaimed VP of winemaking, Steve Rogstad, to craft the winery’s small portfolio of estate-grown wines from Brandlin’s 95-year-old vineyard on Mt. Veeder. She was named the 2019 “Emerging Winemaker of the Year” and hailed as “one of the most talented winemakers of her generation” by Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com.
George earned her B.S. in viticulture & enology from UC Davis, during which time she spent a year abroad at the University of Adelaide in Australia, where she began to develop a global winemaking perspective. This perspective deepened when Becky was awarded a prized fellowship from the Confreìrie des Chevaliers du Tastevin to spend six months working at Burgundy’s famed Domaine Meìo-Camuzet. In the years that followed, Becky continued honing her craft at such highly respected wineries as Schramsberg Vineyards and Marcassin, before joining the team at Calistoga’s Kelly Fleming Wines. Over the next decade—the last eight as winemaker—Becky earned acclaim making estate-grown Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc working alongside noted Consulting Winemaker Francoise Peschon and Vineyard Manager Mike Wolf.
Daniel Zepponi, president and CEO of Two Estates Wine Collective, which owns Brandlin Estate and Cuvaison in Napa Valley, says, “Becky is a tremendously skilled winemaker with a knack for capturing the character of the vineyards she works with.” “Her expertise, worldwide experience, and enthusiasm for creating wines that respect their vineyard origins will be helpful as we seek to write the next chapter in the narrative of our historic estate as our vineyard approaches a century in age.”
When the Brandlin family arrived in Napa Valley from Switzerland in 1870, they decided to establish a farmhouse high on Mount Veeder, and Henry Brandlin planted the first grapes at Brandlin Estate in 1926. Chester, his son, gave the 170-acre estate to Two Estates Wine Collective and its owners, the Schmidheiny family, in 1998. Brandlin Estate has been known as the source of some of Mount Veeder’s most renowned mountain-grown wines in the years following.
“Our vineyard has a lot of history,” George adds. “This vineyard has lasted nearly a century because it produces wines that are both distinctive and exceptional. It’s an honor and a joy to make wines that capture the spirit of this location, this mountain.”
WINE COLLECTIVE OF TWO ESTATES
Two Estates Wine Collective is a family-owned and operated winery in Napa Valley. Two Estates Wine Collective was founded in 1969 with the establishment of Cuvaison winery in Napa Valley, and now includes Brandlin Estate on Mount Veeder. Two Estates Wine Collective focuses on ultra-premium, estate-grown wines, with a program that includes Cuvaison’s historic Los Carneros vineyard, which has over 200 planted acres primarily devoted to Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and the 49-acre Brandlin Vineyard on Mount Veeder, which is primarily planted to Cabernet Sauvignon and other red Bordeaux varieties. Visit cuvaison.com and brandlinestate.com for additional details.