Courtney Foley

Head of Winemaking, Chalk Hill

With deep roots at Chalk Hill, Courtney Foley leads the Estate Vineyards and Winery team with complete respect and appreciation for the property and its bounty. From a love of geology, to Chalk Hill wine on her table, her hands follow the dirt to the glass in her knowledge and dedication to Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery.

Courtney brings a decade of experience in enology, viticulture, winery general management and industry commercial understanding to Chalk Hill. Most recently, Courtney served as the winemaker and general manager of Foley Sonoma Winery in Alexander Valley. In this role, Courtney led brand development and architecture, wine style development, package design, and managed all hospitality and direct to consumer initiatives.

In order to gain a commercial understanding of the wine industry, Courtney started her career in a sales capacity, working for two years in the California market. Upon deciding to follow her passion into winemaking, Courtney worked under winemaker Leslie Renaud at Lincourt and Foley Estates in Santa Barbara County, and soon made her way to Sonoma County where she again found herself working alongside Renaud at Roth Estate in Healdsburg.

Courtney earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in History from Whitman College and J.D. with a focus on Environmental and Ocean Law from the University of Oregon School of Law. She also studied Enology and Viticulture at both Napa Valley College and Fresno State University.

Courtney Foley is the youngest daughter of Chalk Hill Estate Proprietors Bill and Carol Foley, who purchased the iconic Sonoma County property in 2010. As her family’s home for nearly ten years, Courtney has been surrounded by and fallen in love with Chalk Hill Estate’s culture of wine, farm-to-table food, and the strong connection it has with family and friends.

When she is not making wine, Courtney enjoys reading, singing Karaoke, and exploring the beautiful California coastline on long hikes. Courtney also loves to travel, and dreams of road-tripping across the U.S. with her two dogs, Fritz and Penny, in tow. If Courtney isn’t doing any of the above it is likely you can find her at a throwback 90s concert or cheering for the Vegas Golden Knights hockey team.

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