Winemaker, VHR, Vine Hill Ranch
Raised in California's wine country with family roots in Luxembourg, Francoise received an enology degree from UC Davis. After post-graduate work at the University of Bordeaux and an apprenticeship at Chateau Haut-Brion, Francoise returned to the Napa Valley.
In 1993, Francoise joined Araujo Estate, soon stepping into the role of winemaker. The reputation of the vineyard and the Phillips Family's determination to craft a wine of place drew Francoise to VHR in 2008.
Country born: United States
Education: UC Davis
University of Bordeaux
Years in the wine industry: 20-30 years
Honors / Awards:
SF Chronicle Winemaker of the Year (2020)
I collaborate closely in the field with vineyard manager, Michael Wolf, to cultivate a wine that is dynamic, powerful and elegant; a soulful expression of the site.