2015 was the year when we welcomed Nicolas Vonderheyden from Trinite Estate in Healdsburg and his small team of knowledgeable experts, including Prudy Fox, the well-known Santa Cruz Mountains viticulture consultant. At Trinite Nicolas serves as Production Manager but still finds time to manage Chaine d’Or as a more “personal” project.
Nicolas with Reggie the Vineyard Puppy
About himself, Nicolas says the following:
I was born in the United States, and raised in Bordeaux on the family winery, so vineyards and wine have always been part of my environment.
After graduating from high school I went to a Business School, graduating in Business and Marketing as well as Agriculture Management. Then I started working as assistant winemaker at Verite Winery in Healdsburg. CA – cellar master and assistant to the vineyard manager at Chateau Lassegue, Saint-Emilion. FR – assistant to the Director at Chateau Monbrison, Margaux. FR – consultant for a 1,600 acres winery in Bordeaux to implement sustainable management practices.
In order to complement my Agriculture degree I specialized in Wine Estate Management where I acquired invaluable management skills besides the technical training I got from my past jobs.
Traveling the world opened my eyes to the different terroirs that exist and taught me a lot about the complexity in wines. I deeply believe in what Mother Nature offers us and am really fascinated by all the possibilities we are given to create a very unique bottle. My various experiences, travels as well as the people I met brought me around the world to finally settle in California.
Trinite Estate in Healdsburg is now offering me a great opportunity to put my skills and knowledge at the service of growing great grapes and making superior wines. And as a second project, I am looking forward to managing the vineyards and winemaking at Chaine d’Or. For more information on Nicolas go to his personal website www.maison-areion.com.