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1487 Railroad Avenue Suite 5
Saint Helena, California,94574
Snowden Vineyards - Contact Us
Diana Seysses - firstname.lastname@example.org
Snowden Vineyards - About Us
Diana Snowden Seysses is a Napa Valley native and the eldest of the four third-generation of Snowdens active in the family's vineyard and wine enterprise.
She graduated from the Viticulture and Enology program at the University of California at Davis in 2001. During and after her studies, she worked at wineries in California and France, including Robert Mondavi Winery, Mumm Napa Valley, the Araujo Estate, Fleur de Boüard, Domaine Leflaive and Ramey Wine cellars. In January, 2003, Diana became oenologist at Domain Dujac in Burgundy. Diana became winemaker at Snowden commencing with the 2005 harvest and since then has divided her professional time between California and Burgundy, where she lives with her husband Jeremy and their sons, Aubert and Blaise.
Snowden Vineyards - Winemaking
Our winemaker, Diana Snowden Seysses, shepherds grapes to glass with the goal of celebrating the character of our unique site and the seasonal variations of each vintage.
Her winemaking approach emphasizes extreme care but is as "non-invasive" as possible. She ferments all of our wines with native or "wild" yeasts; she does not add enzymes to dissolve the skins; nor does she chaptalize; or "bleed" the must; or "cook" the must to force extraction; we press out our wines when they have fermented dry, rather than continuing to macerate on the skins and seeds for long periods; we don't "spin" or centrifuge our wines; or sterile filter; or "flash oak"; or reverse osmose; or leave residual sugar at the end of fermentation; or add sugar back after fermentation is complete. We want the subtle flavor profiles of terroir and season to show through and highlight our wines. While each wine is unmistakably a child of the Snowden site, we never try for twins, preferring to explore the unique character each vineyard site and each vintage bring. Diana puts it this way:
In January of 2005 Diana Snowden, along with consulting winemaker Dave Ramey, assumed winemaking duties.
In addition to her work at Snowden, Diana is also the enologist for Domaine Dujac in Burgundy. Today, Snowden produces the vineyard-designated Cabernet Sauvignon "Brothers Vineyard", the Cabernet Sauvignon "The Ranch", which is an approachable and affordable blend of Bordeaux varietals, a 100% Merlot from a block called "The Lost Vineyard," and a small amount of Sauvignon Blanc - all from vineyards on the family estate.
Diana Snowden Seysses graduated from the University of California, Davis, with a B.S. in Viticulture and Enology in 2001.
After Diana's first harvest at Robert Mondavi Winery, winemaking became her passion. Since then, she has gained experience working at estates such as Araujo in Calistoga, La Fleur de Bouard in Bordeaux, and Domaine Leflaive in Puligny Montrachet. Today, Diana is the winemaker for Snowden Vineyards, where she oversees production, and also works as an enologist and cellar-master for Domaine Dujac in Burgundy. Her goal as a winemaker is to allow the site to speak. She strives to exercise the self restraint to allow nature to do what it will, to create the environments that favor desired microbes to multiply naturally, and to recognize the signs that require intervention. Diana is Scott Snowden's daughter.