On the steep slopes of Napa Valley’s renowned Pritchard Hill, the Chappellet family has been producing world-class wines from the fruit they have cultivated here for more than 50 years. Founded by Donn and Molly Chappellet in 1967, the esteemed winery helped establish Pritchard Hill as one of California’s most revered winegrowing sites.
The second and third generation of the Chappellet family are continuing to build on its successes. But Cyril Chappellet, the eldest child of Donn and Molly, said he didn’t always know he would stay on board. He left for a career in corporate planning and acquisition after college to hone his business skills, and it wasn’t until after coming back to help his father with some marketing and sales that he realized there was nothing else he’d rather do than run the family business. Now the CEO, Cyril says a big part of what he does with his family and staff is drive Chappellet to the next level to make it available to future generations.
“Everything you see around you here, all of our vineyards, the winery — it’s all part of what we were raised for on a daily basis.”