Winemaker, Hossfeld Vineyards
A Napa native and long-time lover of Napa County, Chad has been working in the Valley's wine production for over two decades.
Country born: USA
Education: The majority of my experience has come by doing. Jumping into the 2002 harvest with both feet and never looking back,
I've applied myself to every aspect of the winemaking process. Receiving a Winemaking Certificate from UC Davis in 2013 and taking weekend classes for years, education has been a life-long endeavor. I spent two decades working as the Cellar Master at ZD Wines as part of a four-man team producing 30,000 cases of wine from five California Counties, while still focusing on the winemaking for Hossfeld Vineyards.
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
I believe that wine production requires a patient hand, a continuous reflection of the past and diligence for future greatness. We farm every vineyard block from Hossfeld meticulously and select only the best fruit at its optimal ripeness. I strive to do as little as possibly throughout the wine's journey, and aim to make wines that are balanced, are laced with expression that in the end, make people happy.