Margo Van Staaveren
From vineyard to glass, our winemaker Margo Van Staaveren takes a hands on approach, working closely with her winemaking team to oversee each step of the winemaking process. She celebrated her 35th harvest at Chateau St. Jean in 2014, and her attention to detail ensures that the signature of the vineyard is captured in every bottle. Like the founders of Chateau St. Jean, Margo firmly believes that great wines are grown – not made. Vineyard designated wines have been the foundation of our portfolio since the early 1970s, and Margo has been instrumental in ensuring the vineyards selected for these wines consistently product exceptional varietal character. She has also guided the icon Cing Cépages bottling since its first release in 1990. The art of blending is the cornerstone of Margo’s winemaking philosophy. To her, it is a great accomplishment to create a signature wine style or blend that can achieve consistency from vintage to vintage while still capturing the unique personality of a particular growing year. One of the things she enjoys most about her job is putting together the final blend for the Reserve wines. These blends represent the most concentrated, distinctive and balanced wines made at Chateau St. Jean.
Margo Van Staaveren named one of Top 20 Most Admired Winemakers in North America in 2014 – Vineyard & Winery Management, Nov. 2014