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Renowned Napa Valley Winemaker Dies At 84

By June 12, 2016Top News, VIPs
Donn Chappellet.
Donn Chappellet.

Donn Chappellet.

Donn Chappellet, founder of Pritchard Hill’s Chappellet Winery and a respected leader in the Napa Valley wine community, died at his home on May 22, 2016 surrounded by his family. He was 84. Chappellet was one of the early pioneers of high-elevation hillside planting and has influenced generations of vintners. Donn and Molly Chappellet founded Chappellet Winery on the rocky slopes of Pritchard Hill and were known widely for producing its Cabernet Sauvignon. From 2007 to 2009, Chappellet Winery was the only California winery to rank in the top 30 of Wine Spectator’s Top 100 list, and was the only winery in the world with a Cabernet on the list each year.

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