Winemaker, The Mascot
A native of Napa Valley, California, Cory Empting has known this land all his life. Working his first harvest at age 15 with esteemed winemaker Ric Forman, Cory discovered his passion and decided that winemaking would be his chosen path and profession.
Cory studied viticulture at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, and spent his summers in Oakville, interning at both Harlan Estate and BOND. These experiences provided him the opportunity to work alongside Bob Levy, who further expanded Cory’s knowledge and deepened his resolve. Driven to further develop his winemaking skills and knowledge, Cory began traveling and worked in cellars in Spain, Argentina and Australia to name a few.
He joined the Harlan family team full-time in 2001. In addition to his responsibilities as Director of Winegrowing at Harlan Estate, BOND and Promontory, he assumed the winemaking role for Will Harlan’s first project with his family, The Mascot. Introduced in 2013, the wine is made from the younger vines of each of the aforementioned properties.
In 2021—his 20th anniversary with the organization—Cory was appointed to the position of Managing Director of Winegrowing for the Harlan family domain. Bob Levy, as always, supports Cory in this capacity while continuing as the Director of Winegrowing at The Napa Valley Reserve and assisting the family with several projects.
Country born: United States
Education: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
To capture in each vintage the seasonal expression and indelible character of the land.