A wine with a bit of history: before the Bear Flag revolt, when California gained independence from Mexico, what we know as Knights Valley was originally called Mallacomes Valley. Mallacomes Ranch was part of the original Rancho Mallacomes Mexican land grant in 1843. Thomas Knight, who was part of California’s drive to independence, registered his claim in 1852, just two years after California joined the Union. We honor him and the bold spirit that helped form California and this outstanding growing region, known both for its rustic beauty and rocky, alluvial soils where a warm and extended growing season produces equally bold Cabernet fruit that rivals the best California has to offer.
Margo Van Staaveren’s has been Winemaker for Chateau St. Jean since 2003 and has worked at the winery for over 40 harvests. She was named “Winemaker of the Year” by Wine Enthusiast magazine in 2008. During her long tenure with the winery, Margo has played a pivotal role in every facet of the winemaking process. As winemaker, she makes the final decisions involving blend and style to produce consistently high quality wines in the super premium and luxury category.