Rutherford, California (PressExposure) June 16, 2009 -- Scholz is not a newcomer to the Napa Valley or St. SupÃ©ry. Next month, he returns to St. SupÃ©ry after serving as the wineryâs winemaker from 1996 to 2001. During his tenure, he created the distinctive style that made St. SupÃ©ry a benchmark producer of Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc. The Cabernet Sauvignons Scholz created for St. SupÃ©ry also garnered acclaim with five Cabernets securing 90 point scores and higher from Wine Spectator, a leading authority on wine. Scholzâs credentials include accolades from some of the most esteemed experts in the industry. Oenologist and consultant Michel Rolland, with whom Scholz worked at St. SupÃ©ry, says, âMichael Scholz is on my list of great winemakers from around the world.â
âItâs not often you get the opportunity to bring back a winemaker who had such a profound impact on your wineryâs success,â said Swain. âWhen you open a bottle of our Napa Valley Sauvignon Blanc, you can smell and taste Michaelâs legacy. So, when looking for a winemaker who could retain our leadership in Sauvignon Blanc and take our red wines to an even greater level, Michael became a natural choice. He brings valuable knowledge and continuity to the position, plus a vision and natural curiosity that sets him apart. I canât wait to see what he does with estate fruit this year and in the future.â
âThis opportunity to return as St. SupÃ©ry winemaker is like coming home,â said Scholz. âI look back fondly on the period from 1996 to 2001 as a time of great accomplishment for me and St. SupÃ©ry. Since 2001, the winery has replanted much of Dollarhide Vineyard to optimum clones and spacing. Vineyard Manager Josh Anstey has nurtured the ranch into a mature and vibrant estate, and Iâm thrilled to get a chance to work with the fruit and the St. SupÃ©ry team again and see where we can take the wines of St. SupÃ©ry in the future!â
Originally from Australia, Scholz is the sixth generation to grow up on his familyâs vineyard in the Barossa Valley, so you could say his career path has fulfilled a family destiny. His winemaking career, which began in the mid 1980s, has progressed from cellarhand to vice president in charge of building a state-of-the-art winery, and heâs has held every position in between. Scholz lives in Santa Rosa, CA.
About St. Supery Vineyards & Winery
St. SupÃ©ry Vineyards & Winery is located in Rutherford, California, in the heart of the famed Napa Valley. Among Napa Valleyâs few estate wineries, with two prime vineyards totaling 510 acres and a state-of-the-art winery, St. SupÃ©ryâs first vines were planted in 1982 by Paris-based Robert Skalli. In addition to St. SupÃ©ry, the Skalli family owns three wineries in France: Les Vins Skalli, considered a driving force behind the quality revolution in the south of France, CÃ´teaux de Diana in Corsica, and Maison Bouachon in ChÃ¢teauneuf-du-PÃ¢pe. St. SupÃ©ry imports the Skalli familyâs French wines through its SFWAmericas division.
St. SupÃ©ry Napa Valley is highly regarded for its award-winning Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon, Meritage blends Ãlu and VirtÃº, and the single-vineyard Limited Edition Dollarhide wines. Wine lovers come from far and wide to experience St. SupÃ©ryâs outstanding visitor program, and the winery has three thriving wine clubs. To learn more about St. SupÃ©ry, visit http://www.stsupery.com, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (800) 942-0810.