Born and raised in Napa Valley, Steve Leveque has earned a reputation for finely crafted wines that reflect the terroir and celebrate the varietal. His more than 16 years of winemaking expertise started at Robert Mondavi Winery where he blossomed under the mentorship of Tim Mondavi and served as Winemaker for most of his 11-year tenure. Steve also served as Executive Vice President and Winemaker of Chalk Hill Estate Winery in Sonoma where he hand-crafted a portfolio of small-lot Bordeaux varietals to critical acclaim. Steve's personal philosophy and professional history demonstrate the reverence for the land and devotion to excellence that HALL embraces.
Country born: United States
Education: Degree in Biology from San Diego State University.
Years in the wine industry: 15-20 years
Honors / Awards:
Under Steve's direction, HALL's 2010 Exzellenz from Rutherford's Sacrashe Vineyard earned 100 points by Robert Parker.
Over 170 wines under Steve's direction are rated 90 points and above.
My goal is to be true to the fruit, let it express itself purely and fully. Working with such a talented team, with such excellent vineyards and in such an exceptional facility is exciting and inspiring. HALL is truly devoted to making great wine and going about achieving that in all the right ways: organically farmed vineyards, Optically sorted fruit, gravity-fed tanks, native yeast fermentations and unfined and unfiltered bottlings.