Napa Valley’s Newton Vineyard has announced that Chris Millard has joined the estate as winemaker.
In this role, Millard oversees the production of the winery’s highly acclaimed wines, including the Unfiltered Chardonnay and its Bordeaux-style red wines from the estate on Spring Mountain in St. Helena.
Millard brings valuable experience in both large and small winery operations, but prefers to craft premium wines that delight the palate while respecting the source from which they come.
This concept is perfectly suited to Newton Vineyard; its hillside estate is planted to 112 separate blocks on 120 acres. Abiding by the “Nature by Design” philosophy, Millard will continue a legacy of respecting nature along every step of the winemaking process – meticulous farming, hand-picking, fermenting naturally with indigenous yeast, and bottling wines unfiltered whenever possible.
The custom-designed winery allows Millard to preserve the individual vineyard characteristics, which will provide a diverse palette for blending.
Millard joins Newton Vineyard from Sterling Vineyards, where he was Senior Winemaker. This is an interesting parallel, given that Peter and Su Hua Newton founded Sterling Vineyards in the 1960s and sold it before creating Newton Vineyard in 1977.
Millard also has made wine at Bernardus in Carmel Valley, among other estates. He received his education in enology from California State University at Fresno.
Newton Vineyard was established in 1977, the vision of founders Peter and Su Hua Newton, who recognized the potential of Spring Mountain as a prime viticultural region. Newton is acclaimed for both its pioneering spirit and for the purity and exceptional quality of its wines as they reflect the regionâ€™s terroir.
Newton Vineyard’s “Nature by Design” philosophy is reflected in all aspects of the operation, from the terraced vineyards and organic winery design to the sustainable farming techniques and meticulous winemaking practices.