Napa Valley specialist to take production reins at Benchland Estate
Richard A. Sowalsky has been appointed winemaker at William Hill Winery in the Napa Valley. Sowalsky joins William Hill from Robert Mondavi Winery and was selected after an extensive search for a winemaker with the appropriate regional expertise and enological philosophy.
Were very proud to be able to introduce Richard as winemaker at William Hill Winery, notes Nick Goldschmidt, Allied Domecq V.P. Executive Winemaker. His Napa Valley experience, demonstrated leadership skills and studious perfectionism will be welcome assets to the winery. Richard has achieved success at the highest levels of winemaking and is the ideal person to oversee the evolution of wine style at William Hill.
Before coming to William Hill Winery, Sowalsky spent six years at Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville where he was associate winemaker responsible for all aspects of ultra premium wine production for Bordeaux varietals, including the Napa Valley, District and Reserve tiers. In addition, he monitored vineyard activities in collaboration with Mondavis vineyard operations sector and was involved in experimental blend research. He was previously active at other Mondavi properties as a research enologist and has been in production at other highly regarded wineries such as Havens Wine Cellars/Truchard Vineyards in Napa and Handley Cellars in Mendocino. Sowalsky holds a masters degree in food science and enology from U.C. Davis and is a graduate of Amherst College and the California Culinary Academy. He also pursued graduate studies at the University of Maryland. He is a published author and sits on the editorial review board of the American Journal of Enology and Viticulture.
Founded in 1978, William Hill Winery is owned by Allied Domecq Wines USA and produces top Napa Valley-appellated Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Chardonnay. Fruit for the reds is sourced from the winerys 140-acre benchland estate, adjacent to the winery, and select hillside and mountain vineyards throughout the Napa Valley. The winerys acclaimed cool-climate Chardonnay is sourced primarily from William Hill Winerys 80-acre Carneros vineyard and select areas of the Atlas Peak AVA.