Meet our Winemakers

Courtney Foley

Head of Winemaking, Chalk Hill

Food and wine have always been a big part of Courtney's life. When she was just 12 years old her dad, Bill Foley, founded Foley Estates and then Lincourt Vineyards, a tribute to both her and her older sister, Lindsay. 

Gianni Abate

Winemaker, Chalone Winery

Born and rasied in California’s Central Valley, Gianni's  hands-on approach to winemaking is a brilliant addition to Foley Family Wines. Gianni works with consulting winemaker Michael Michaud who brings more than 30 years of experience with the Chalone AVA.

Dan Spratling

Winemaker, Firestone Vineyard

After working as a winemaker in New Zealand and the Napa Valley, Dan came to Firestone with an excitement to bring his Brodeaux expertise to this incredible wine region in Santa Ynez Valley.

Dave Frazier

Winemaker, Foley Estates

With over 12 years of experience in the wine industry, Dave Frazier carries on the Foley Estates tradition of crafting approachable, fruit-driven wines from Sta. Rita Hills that are consistently high in quality.

Patrick Foley

Winemaker In Memoriam

William Patrick Foley III passed away Sunday evening, August 12, 2018 from natural causes. Patrick was a generous, fun-loving young man with a winning smile and infectious personality. Internally, Patrick was an intense, hard-working and dedicated Winemaker at Foley Johnson Winery in Rutherford, Napa Valley.

Giovani Verdejo

Winemaker, Foley Johnson & Kuleto Estate

Gio always had a love for Napa Valley and when he was offered the head of Winemaker position at Kuleto Estate and Foley Johnson, he was thrilled to get back to his Napa roots. Gio continues his pursuit of handcrafting some of the best Cabernet Sauvignons in the Napa Valley

Rosalio "Chalo" Fernandez

Winemaker, Foley Sonoma

Chalo Fernandez was appointed to the position of Winemaker at Foley Sonoma in the summer of 2018 after working with former head winemaker Courtney Foley.  Chalo now applies his years of winemaking experience into motion as winemaker for Foley Sonoma.

Greg Lane

Winemaker, Grove Mill

A native of Adelaide, Australia, Greg honed his craft in Australia, the USA, Italy, France and two vintages in New Zealand. Greg was drawn to Grove Mill and Marlborough’s pure, cool climate in 2017. In 2018 Greg was named New Zealand Young Winemaker of the Year.

David Drake

Winemaker, Lancaster Estate

With his unique background in the Fine Arts, Lancaster Estate Winemaker David Drake never pictured himself working in the wine industry, but rather, happened upon it and has never looked back. He became hooked on Alexander Valley Cabs after experiencing the 1997 Estate Cab from Lancaster.

Walter Jorge

Winemaker, Langtry Estate

For Winemaker Walter Jorge, Langtry Estate has a rich history in producing wines of distinction and character. A curious and studious explorer, the relatively untouched region and its diverse and individualistic terroir make it a stunning place of great potential for Walter. With Lake County wines on the rise, he is very excited to work with grapes from this distinctive terroir.

Lorna Kreutz

Director of Winemaking, Lincourt

Lorna received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Horticulture Science with a Minor in Agribusiness and Viticulture from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. With Pinot Noir as her first oenophilic love and the first wine variety she made, she is a perfect fit for Director at our winemaking at Foley Family Wines.

Stu Marfell

Chief Winemaker, Marlborough

Born in Marlborough’s Awatere Valley, winemaker Stu Marfell grew up next door to the Vavasour vineyards, helping at the winery at nine years of age. Chief Winemaker at Vavasour since 2007, Stu was recognized as the Winemaker of the Show at the 2018 New Zealand International Wine Show. As Chief Winemaker, Stu oversees winemaking for all of Foley New Zealand’s Marlborough wine brands.

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