Winemaker, Astrale e Terra
Scott Harvey ranks among California's most celebrated and accomplished winemakers. He first came to the attention of wine lovers and the wine trade as winemaker at Santino and Renwood, where he crafted wines from some of California's oldest vineyards and helped put the Sierra Foothills on the winemaking map. In 1996 he partnered with Richard Peterson, PhD, at Folie a Deux winery in Napa Valley. There, the winemaking duo garnered a reputation for outstanding Napa Valley wines produced from estate fruit as well as from vineyards across the Valley.
After selling Folie a Deux in 2004, Harvey created a series of new brands that took advantage of his experience in both the Sierra Foothills and Napa Valley. One reason Scott chose to work with Astrale e Terra is his admiration for Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the Atlas Peak appellation. According to Scott, "some of the best wines I've made have been produced from Cabernet Sauvignon grown in the Atlas Peak appellation."
As Astrale e Terra's consulting winemaker, Scott is charged with overseeing harvest, winemaking procedure and the blending of the various lots that Astrale e Terra bottles from its estate vineyards.
Country born: United States
Education: In 1975 I apprenticed at K. Fitz-Ritter Winery while attending the Weinbau Schule in Neustadt, Germany. Returned to Amador County to apprentice from Cary Gott at Montevina winery.I got my basic training in Germany but my recent winemaking style I attribute to my mentor, Dr. Richard Peterson
Years in the wine industry: 30+ years
I was trained in Europe, so I make wines to go with food — good acidity and low pH. The is considered an “Old-World” style of winemaking.