Peter Chiang and Steve Matthiasson first met during a field trip for a wine class in culinary school. Ironically, Peter went all the way up to St. Helena for class while the bus ride for the field trip took him right back to Steve’s Linda Vista home and vineyard which is a mere stepping stone away from Meadowbrook Farm.
Out of pure coincidence, Steve had worked on Meadowbrook Farm for more than 10 years when he had just started in vineyard management. Steve gave Peter a 2012 red blend made from Meadowbrook Farm’s grapes which was the oldest wine using grapes from the vineyard that the family had at the time.
Less than a month after that initial meeting and mere days after the North Bay Fires, Peter approached Steve asking for help launching a new wine brand from zero. Though Steve already had an extremely busy schedule, because of his history with Meadowbrook Farm and the potential he saw for the grapes from the vineyard, he agreed to become both our viticultural consultant and winemaker.
Steve Matthiasson, Winemaker
Steve Matthiasson’s classically balanced, restrained wines have earned the attention of consumers and critics alike under his own eponymous label. He has been named Winemaker of the Year from both Food and Wine Magazine and the San Francisco Chronicle, and is a four-time nominee for the prestigious James Beard Award. Since receiving his M.S. from U.C. Davis in 1996, he has also provided viticultural consulting for historic vineyards such as Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars, Spottswoode Winery, the Araujo Estate, and Dalla Valle Vineyards, to name a few. His background in viticulture stands as a reaffirmation of the belief that “great wine is made in the vineyard.”
His voice continues to resonate among his peers in the agricultural community, having served with organizations such as the American Vineyard Foundation, the Napa County Farm Bureau, and Association of Applied Integrated Pest Management Ecologists, among others.
Together with his wife Jill, Steve raises his two sons and farms his own family vineyards and fruit-tree orchards in the Napa Valley.