About the wine maker
Anthony Terlato and his sons Bill and John became winery owners and vintners in 1996 with the sole objective of making excellent premium wines that could be enjoyed with food. They invested in high quality vineyards in the best regions and bought state-of-the-art equipment for each of the four wineries which they had bought.
Doug Fletcher, their Chief Winemaker, is a rarity amongst winemakers in that he is as comfortable in the vineyard as he is in the cellar. He has also worked with fruit from Stags Leap District for more than two decades.
As a result of longstanding friendships, the Terlato Wine Group has created a number of wines for top golfers Luke Donald and Jack Nicklaus. Both partnerships rely on the quality of wine being produced in famous vineyards within Rutherford and Stags Leap District, and Carneros in the case of Luke’s Chardonnay. Luke and Jack also take a great interest in the blending process and their involvement in the final blend is one of these wine’s most important aspects.
When it comes to taking decisions about sustainable wine production, the Terlato Wine Group sets itself high standards. It’s not just about the obvious, such as recycling more, being energy efficient and using less chemicals in the vineyards, it’s also about considering the economic knock-on effects of switching to biodiesel and the cost of cooking oil in other countries. As Doug Fletcher puts it, ‘Sustainable is much harder to do than organic because we have to question everything we do. When we talk about sustainability, what we’re really doing is asking ourselves, is this the most we can do?’