Our vineyard is managed by a small team of people who are very personally involved with its success.
Leland Reichel, the son of owners Corinne
and Charles, has a Bachelor’s of Science in Wine and Viticulture
with a concentration in Viticulture from California Polytechnic State
University in San Luis Obispo, and works as a vineyard manager in Sonoma
and Mendocino Counties. He assists his father in the Reichel Vineyard
as much as possible and shares his experience with both new and traditional
viticultural practices. He has also recently received his license as a Pest Control Advisor (PCA).
May-Britt and Denis Malbec,
winemakers for our own wine brand, Respite Wines, are an integral part
of the vineyard management. Their extensive knowledge in viticulture and
winemaking help guide the direction for the entire vineyard. Prior to
establishing their enological and viticultural consulting business in
2000, Denis was the third generation of his family to work at the famous
Château Latour, beginning with his grandfather in the 1920's and
continuing with his father who was Cellar Master from 1947 to 1994. Denis
started in the cellar in 1993 and took over as Enologist and Cellar Master
from 1994 to 2000. May-Britt began her wine industry career in Sweden
as a sommelier in many of Stockholm's top restaurants before starting
her own restaurant, Le Bateau. In 1992 she won the award for Best Sommelier
in the Nordic Countries, and has served on several sommelier judging panels.