Bill Foley and Foley Family Wines has announced Michael Michaud as the new consulting winemaker and Gianni Abate as the associate winemaker for Chalone Estate Vineyards. Michaud has 20 years of experience in the Chalone AVA and was the winemaker at Chalone Estate from 1979 to 1997. Abate joins Chalone Estate from Morgan Winery in Salinas.
“Having both Gianni and Michael will ensure that we reach our goal of maximizing the quality of wines coming from this incredible property. These two are going to be a dynamic team and I’m looking forward to their expertise being applied to both the Chalone Estate and Gavilan brands,” said Bill Foley, Proprietor of Foley Family Wines.