Silverado Vineyards in Napa Valley Hires New Winemaker After Acquisition

Alison Crary Rodriguez has been named winemaker for Silverado Vineyards by Foley Family Wines, which acquired the Napa Valley winery earlier this summer and has more than two dozen winemakers around the world.

Rodriguez, who will be based in Younteville, will oversee all winemaking activities for Silverado and its vineyards in the Stags Leap District, Coombsville, Yountville and Napa appellations, the company said.

“Alison’s busy career in viticulture is rooted in respect for different terroirs and sustainable agriculture,” said Courtney Foley, second-generation owner at Foley Family Wines. “Alison and her interest in environmental responsibility are an important part of the next chapter in winemaking and the wines of the Foley family.”

Rodriguez’s wine experience includes Northern California wineries such as Acacia, Sterling, Beringer and most recently The Hess Collection. She graduated from Duke University and noted the German school of winemaking and viticulture Fachhochschule Wiesbaden – Geisenheim.

Silverado was founded in 1981 by the late Diane Disney Miller, daughter of Walt Disney, and her late husband Ron Miller. Rodriguez is the third winemaker in Silverado history, the Foley family announcement said.

The Silverado portfolio includes nationally distributed Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Franc and Sangiovese wines, in addition to small production offerings for club members and club guests. wineries.

Elisha A. Tilghman