Meet the Winemaker

Exec­u­tive Wine­maker Simone Bergese

Simone Bergese is orig­i­nally from Alba, Italy and holds a degree in Oenol­ogy and Viti­cul­ture from the Turin Uni­ver­sity in North­ern Italy. After com­plet­ing his degree, Simone worked as Assis­tant Wine­maker for sev­eral winer­ies in Italy’s Barolo and Bar­baresco regions, as well as winer­ies in Aus­tralia. He was hired in 2003 as Chief Wine­maker at Patria Win­ery in Sicily, and then he pro­gressed in 2006 as the Chief Wine­maker for the pres­ti­gious Fir­rato Win­ery, one of the best known winer­ies in Italy. Dur­ing his time with these two winer­ies, Simone pro­duced more than 18 mil­lion bot­tles of wine and was awarded sev­eral inter­na­tional awards.

In 2008, Bergese moved to the United States to join Potomac Point Win­ery in Stafford, Vir­ginia. As the Wine­maker at Potomac Point, he achieved over 60 awards for his wines in local, national and inter­na­tional wine com­pe­ti­tions, includ­ing the pres­ti­gious Inter­na­tional Wine Chal­lenge and Decanter World Wine Awards where the wines were listed in the top 12 wines in Vir­ginia. Simone, being pas­sion­ate about pair­ing wine with food, has done mul­ti­ple culi­nary events, includ­ing a cook­ing show in Vir­ginia high­light­ing his award win­ning wines paired with food served at the Potomac Point Winery’s restaurant.

In addi­tion to con­trol­ling the cre­ative wine­mak­ing process, Bergese’s key respon­si­bil­i­ties include all wine­mak­ing activ­i­ties from har­vest through bot­tling, qual­ity assur­ance, con­tract nego­ti­a­tions, hir­ing and super­vis­ing, bud­get prepa­ra­tion, and long range plan­ning in order to build the Château Élan brand. In addi­tion, he will coor­di­nate wine pair­ings for Château Élan’s restau­rants, winemaker’s din­ners and events.

Con­stantly focused on mak­ing qual­ity wines, Simone’s wine­mak­ing style achieves a bal­ance com­bin­ing new tech­niques with old world tra­di­tions. Simone enjoys pleas­ing the cus­tomer and says “I am prod­uct ori­ented but with ears open to the world.” He adds, “I make wine to inspire peo­ple. It is about cre­at­ing an emo­tional expe­ri­ence, not just a glass of wine.”

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