Morrisey, a former grad student at New York University’s elite film school, spent ten years in show business as an electrician and cameraman before setting out to reinvent himself as a winemaker. While attending graduate school at the University of California, Davis, he was offered a harvest internship at Château Pétrus and jumped at the opportunity. Once back home he signed on at Stags’ Leap Winery as enologist and was quickly promoted to assistant winemaker. Five years later he was recruited away by Tony Soter to take over the winemaker position at Etude Wines, only to be enticed back to Stags’ Leap after two years later as the Head Winemaker and GM for that historical property. Then, after four years leading Stags’ Leap, he was again recruited away, this time by Ehlers Estate in St. Helena. At Ehlers Estate he built a reputation for crafting world-class Bordeaux varietals from their prestigious organic vineyards, stewarding that brand and property for over nine years. Today he continues to drive quality and champion excellence as the winemaker for ATC Wines.
One could say that Chad Alexander cut his teeth on mountain fruit. He grew up on Mt. Veeder with his mother, Rita, who worked for The Hess Collection, and by age 14, he was working in the winery too. There, he learned the trade from the vineyard crew as well as then-winemaker Robert Craig and eventually began developing his palate. He spent eight years at the winery, earning extra money while attending college to study geology.
His experience as a geologist has been critical to his expertise in the vineyards.
Originally from the French Riviera, Julien Fayard joined Philippe Melka’s elite team of Napa Valley winemakers in 2006. He spent eight years managing dozens of customcrush clients before launching his own consulting firm in 2013, Fayard Winemaking.
Fayard brings technical expertise as well as experience in crafting luxury wines, but it’s his relationships with many of Napa Valley’s most prestigious vineyards that will continue to elevate into the future.