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This profile was last updated on 11/6/09  and contains information from public web pages.

Diana Snowden Seysses

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Employment History


  • Bachelors of Science , Viticulture and Enology
    UC Davis
  • Bachelors of Science , Viticulture and Enology
    University of California at Davis
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Diana Snowden-Seysses, the ..., 6 Nov 2009 [cached]
Diana Snowden-Seysses, the winemaker for Domaine Dujac and Snowden Vineyards, who has been living and making wine in France since 2001, said being asked to speak on the panel prompted her to look deeper into the commonly held theory that vineyards older than 40 years or so produce better wine.
One possible reason, she said, is that older vineyards have a better balance of vigor. Whereas young vines often try to expand their shoots in every direction, thereby shading fruit too much and promoting disease, older vines are trained to keep dimensions in check, expending less energy and resulting in more concentrated fruit.
Another key point, she said, is that older vines have more fully developed root systems, and their penetration deep into the vineyard soil provides better expression of a region's terroir. Plus, deep roots make older vines less prone to the effects of drought. "Remember," she said, "irrigation is illegal" in many appellations in Southern Europe."
As for which attribute makes the most difference when it comes to wine derived from an older vineyard, Snowden-Seysses emphasized that older vineyards have more genetic diversity -- from variation in leaf shoot to flowers per cluster and berry size -- and that this difference results in more complex, interesting wines.
Winemaking duties are handled by ... [cached]
Winemaking duties are handled by Diana Snowden - you might recognize her as the enologist for Domaine Dujac - and superstar consultant Dave Ramey.
Snowden Vineyards - About Us, 6 June 2015 [cached]
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, 6 June 2015 [cached]
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:
Diana Snowden Seysses ... [cached]
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.
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