Healdsburg, CA, March 9, 2021– Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery is pleased to announce Michael Beaulac as Senior Winemaker. Beaulac brings over twenty years of experience working with premiere luxury Northern California wineries.
Beaulac’s most recent tenure was serving as General Manager and Winemaker at Napa’s Pine Ridge Vineyards from 2009 – 2020, where he oversaw the estate’s 160 acres. Prior to this time, Beaulac was Vice President of St. Supéry Vineyards in Rutherford from 2001 – 2009. There he worked closely with Michel Roland and Denis Dubourdieu. Beaulac credits his development as a winemaker to working with Michel Roland and Pine Ridge’s high standard for producing quality wines.
Beaulac’s wine career began after a chance encounter with Tim Murphy of Murphy-Goode who offered him a job as a harvest intern in 1989. He spent an interim period at Laurier Winery in Sonoma’s Carneros region working as a cellarmaster with Merry Edwards from 1989 through 1991. This opportunity gave way to becoming assistant winemaker back at Murphy-Goode, where he spent four years developing new varietal programs for Pinot Noir and Zinfandel. In 1997, Beaulac went on to spend four years as winemaker for Markham Vineyards in St. Helena.
Reflecting on his new position, Beaulac comments, “Chalk Hill is an iconic brand that everyone knows, and to help bring it to the next stage is very exciting. ” He embraces his most cherished aspects of winemaking at Chalk Hill, which include walking the vineyard blocks, harvesting, and finding that single component that can change an entire blend. After 23 years in Napa Valley, Beaulac looks at this important work in Sonoma County as a sense of returning home. Beaulac has lived in Sonoma County for 31 years and currently resides outside of Santa Rosa.
About Chalk Hill Estate Vineyard and Winery
Chalk Hill Estate Vineyards & Winery located in the Russian River Valley AVA in Sonoma County, California, is one of California’s premier producers of luxury wines. Founded in 1972 by Fred Furth, Chalk Hill was acquired by Foley Family Wines in 2010. Under Bill Foley’s leadership, Chalk Hill continues to promote the Chalk Hill AVA as one of the top winegrowing regions in California. The unique topography, climatic and geological diversity of Chalk Hill creates an environment that allows for a wide range of varieties to be grown on the estate including Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Petit Verdot, Carmenère, Syrah and Semillon. The 1300+ acre iconic Sonoma estate includes around 350 acres of vineyards, a winery, a hospitality center, culinary gardens, residence, stables, equestrian pavilion, sports fields, fishing and swimming ponds and a wilderness area.