Chateau St. Jean
Founded in 1973, Chateau St. Jean produces exceptional wines from Sonoma County. Chateau St. Jean is a winemaking estate located at the foot of Sugarloaf Ridge in the Sonoma Valley near Kenwood, California which is just one hour from San Francisco.
“Only the finest” has always been the winery’s credo. From its inception, the winery has provided their talented staff with the highest quality grapes and the finest equipment available to create truly world-class wines.
Winemaker Margo Van Staaveren is the 4th winemaker in the winery’s history. She graduated from the University of California at Davis in 1979 with a Bachelor of Science in Fermentation Science. Shortly after graduation, she joined Chateau St. Jean as a Laboratory Technician in 1980. By 1989, she had worked her way to being named Assistant Winemaker and later named Associate Winemaker. In August of 2003, she was named Winemaker and Director of Operations for Chateau St. Jean.
During the course of her tenure with the winery, Margo Van Staaveren has played a pivotal role in every facet of the winemaking process. As Winemaker, she makes final decisions involving blend and style to produce consistently high quality wines in the super premium category.
The winery was designed to accommodate numerous lots of grapes and keep them separate throughout the winemaking process. Wines from each special vineyard are bottled and marketed separately, with the vineyard name designated on the label.
Chateau St. Jean was the first Sonoma winery to be awarded the prestigious “Wine of the Year” award from the Wine Spectator Magazine for its 1996 Cinq Cépages Cabernet Sauvignon, a Bordeaux-style blend of “five varieties.” The winery also produces vineyard designated Chardonnays from the acclaimed Robert Young, Durell and Belle Terre vineyards and a Fumé Blanc from La Petite Etoile Vineyard which translates to “The Little Star.”
Visitors to Chateau St. Jean enter a main courtyard surrounded by a lush garden. Inspiration for the gardens was based on the classic estate gardens of the Mediterranean, as seen through the use of citrus-planted terracotta pots and the generous use of herbs and flowers. The winery has integrated existing site features and vistas into a landscape that is both relaxed and elegant to exemplify Sonoma wine country.