Margo Van Staaveran

"Since no two vintages are alike, it gives us the opportunity to carefully search for the vineyard lots that offer the biggest fruit expression and the ability to age in order to create a wine that truly captures the best of the vintage." - Margo Van Staaveren

From vineyard to glass, our winemaker Margo Van Staaveran 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.

"Since no two vintages are alike, it gives us the opportunity to carefully search for the vineyard lots that offer the biggest fruit expression and the ability to age in order to create a wine that truly captures the best of the vintage." - Margo Van Staaveren

Margo Van Staaveran named one of Top 20 Most Admired Winemakers in North America in 2014 – Vineyard & Winery Management, Nov. 2014

Our Team

Jenelle Mattimore, Wine Club Ambassador

Jenelle Mattimore, Wine Club Ambassador

Jenelle's 14+ years in hospitality have attributed to her love and enthusiasm for CSJ wines and her role as Chateau St. Jean's Wine Club Ambassador. Jenelle loves hosting the winery's Club Events and making all of her members' experiences memorable ones. Meet Jenelle on the Wine Club Tasting Terrace… she will be your weekend host on the Wine Club Tasting Patio this season and can't wait to see you!

Ryan Rech, Associate Winemaker

Ryan Rech, Associate Winemaker

A self-proclaimed “Science Geek” – it took just one class in Enology at Cal State Fresno to ignite Ryan's passion for winemaking. He honed his skills at an ultra-boutique custom crush facility, then in the cellars at Souverain and Asti Winery. Ryan joined us in 2014, and now works alongside veteran winemaker Margo Van Staaveren.

Michael McNeil, General Manager

Michael McNeil, General Manager

Born and raised in Sonoma, Mike's love of the local wine culture was sparked with one of his first summer jobs at a winery in town. With 15+ years in the industry, Mike brings a Sonoma Valley insiders' viewpoint to Chateau St. Jean's wine-loving visitors.


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