WALT Winemaker Megan Gunderson began her career in the Napa Valley in 2001 when she moved from Colorado to California and worked as an intern at the Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville. While working at Mondavi, she discovered a real passion for wine and viticulture. She went on to become a Laboratory Manager for St. Supery Vineyards in Rutherford and Dominus Estates in Oakville. At Dominus, she was able to refine her winemaking skills under the mentorship of Christian Moueix and Jean-Claude Berrouet. Her degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics give her a unique perspective into the scientific aspects of winemaking. Megan has made several trips to France to study wine-making techniques, the most recent to Burgundy in the summer of 2011.
Megan joined the relatively new HALL winery in June of 2005 as an Enologist. HALL had just unveiled a state-of-the-art winery in the hills near Rutherford, dedicated to producing single vineyard and limited production Cabernet and Sauvignon Blanc. In the fall of 2007, Megan assumed the role of Assistant Winemaker for HALL. As an Assistant Winemaker, she works on all stages of the winemaking process from visiting the vineyards, to helping select the winemaking methods, to monitoring the fermentation process and overseeing the cellar and bottling.
What’s Your NativeAdVantage:
What do you do best?
Make Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
What makes you the best?
Attention to detail at all levels – vineyard, harvest, sorting, processing, fermentation, elevage, blending. We have the very best vineyards and cutting edge technology at our winemaking facility in St. Helena. We also conduct and extensive research program from year to year that gives us an edge in the competitive arena of viticulture and winemaking.
How will you become the best?
Continuing to push the envelope at all levels.
What are your aspirations?
Personal: to be a great Mom. Having children has been one of the most rewarding and fun experiences of my life so far.
Business: to create exceptional wines that are true expressions of our unique vineyard sites. And to be part of an exceptional winemaking team.
(Megan’s husband Juan Paredes and daughter Lily – & Megan’s stepdaughter Vianny)
“Do the very best you can every day.” And “Keep Calm and Carry On”.
A small house in the middle of a large vineyard.
I ran two marathons when I was in my twenties. I would like to get back into running seriously again, and complete more marathons across the US. Running a marathon is a very cool experience.