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Justin Schuchardt Takes the Reigns as Associate Winemaker


Ledson Winery & Vineyards proudly announces Justin Schuchardt, assistant winemaker since June 2017, advances to Associate Winemaker.

Pictured above: Justin Schuchardt, Associate Winemaker at Ledson Winery & Vineyards

Kenwood, Calif. — April 24, 2023; Ledson Winery and Vineyards Assistant Winemaker, Justin

Schuchardt, will become Associate Winemaker as of April 24, 2023.  Owner and Winemaker Steve Ledson said there is no better person to take over the position of Associate Winemaker than Justin Schuchardt.  Justin has worked as our Assistant Winemaker since the June 2017 and has proven to do an incredible job.  He is delighted to say that Justin possesses all of the traits and qualities he seeks in a wine professional; in fact, he goes above and beyond on a daily basis.

Justin started his career at Cakebread Cellars as a harvest intern in 2010.  From there he worked the next two harvests at Envy Cellars.  In 2013 he accepted a Cellar Master position at Schweiger Vineyards and quickly moved up to Assistant Winemaker by 2015.  In 2017 Justin was hired by Ledson to be their next Assistant Winemaker.

Winemaker Steve Ledson aims to produce the highest quality wines, regardless of varietal, typically using 95% estate grown fruit from some of the very best vineyards in all of Sonoma County, and prides himself on his ability to surround himself with top talent. Justin is no different.

“Moving Justin Schuchardt to Associate Winemaker is well deserved as Justin expands and refines his winemaking ability each and every year.  He is dedicated to the highest quality with every wine, has been a leader in the cellar from the day he walked in, and is respected by not only the cellar crew, but the entire Ledson team,” Steve enthused.

About Ledson Winery & Vineyards

In the heart of Sonoma Valley, fifth generation winemaker & viticulturist Steve Ledson consistently produces highly coveted, small-lot, handcrafted wines from his estate vineyards, growing some of the most sought-after grapes in the wine country. Most recently, 16 of Ledson’s wines have scored between 95 and 99 points; three of them having achieved recognition as ‘Wine of the Year’ at prestigious international wine competitions. Most recent to have won Grand Sweepstakes – Best of Show – Best of Class – Double Gold for their 2019 Ledson Moon Mountain District ‘Sonoma County’ Cabernet Franc at the 4th Annual International Cabernet Franc Competition (People’s Choice Judging). Ledson is known for showcasing absolutely some of the best wines Sonoma County has to offer. Ledson Winery, an architectural showpiece designed and built by Steve himself and known throughout the world as the ‘Castle,’ is nestled among acres of rolling vineyards with a backdrop of 100-year-old oak trees. Vine Pair called it, “One of the twelve most impressive wineries in the world” and the Boston Globe said, “Th­is castle is a must see.” Ledson Winery & Vineyards is open daily by appointment, 10am – 5pm. Learn more at www.ledson.com.



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