Matt Crafton leads the production team as Winemaker at Chateau
Montelena. He not only oversees all production and operations, but
also plays a critical role in strategy, education and technology at
the winery. Matt earned a degree in Economics from the University
of Virginia in 2003. Rather than embark on a traditional career in
finance, he was drawn to winemaking.
Matt was hired as Enologist at Montelena after finishing his degree
in Viticulture and Enology at UC Davis in 2008. He was promoted to
Winemaker in 2014. The dynamic atmosphere of Montelena inspires
Matt to run with new ideas, striving toward perfection with every
project, including oversight of the Chateau’s largest vineyard replant
of the last 40 years.
The management and staff of Chateau Montelena cordially invite
you to join Matt Crafton on a voyage down France’s beautiful Rhone
River Valley from Provence north into Burgundy, two of the world’s
greatest wine producing areas. The beautiful vineyards and towns
along the Rhone and Saone rivers date back to the time of the Roman
Empire. The architectural and artistic achievements of the Romans
are still profoundly visible everywhere on this fascinating itinerary.