Elizabeth says the term "winemaker" is a misnomer.
Elizabeth Vianna is the winemaker at Chimney Rock, a "Cab House" which sits nestled amongst 100 acres of estate grown vineyards and right in the heart of Napa's Stag's Leap district. Elizabeth is a 15-year veteran in the wine industry who is both respected and esteemed. A creative soul and prodigious musician, Elizabeth is calm, smart and confident. She runs a modern and high-end facility and where the wines exhibit a certain class... hers.
Elizabeth originally hails from Brazil and came to Napa by way of New York, where she was working as a clinical toxicologist. A biology major at Vassar College, Elizabeth first fell in love with wine as a consumer, she attributes her career in winemaking to a glass of 1985 Sociando Mallet, which she enjoyed at a pre-auction tasting at Christie's in New York.
Elizabeth first came to Chimney Rock as a harvest intern in 1999, while completing her Master's degree in enology at U.C. Davis. Upon graduation, she became an enologist at Napa Wine Company and was soon named assistant winemaker there.
Elizabeth was named to the position of assistant winemaker at Chimney Rock in January 2002 and advanced to the position of winemaker in 2005. In 2009, Elizabeth was honored by the University of California – Davis School of Graduate Studies when she was invited by the Dean of Graduate Studies to deliver the commencement speech.
Elizabeth has also served as President of the Stags Leap District Winegrowers Association.