Originally from Ceresole d’Alba, Italy, Simone 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.
Hired in 2003 as Chief Winemaker at Patria Winery in Sicily, Simone progressed in 2006 as the Chief Winemaker for the prestigious Firriato 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 U.S. 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.
Simone joined Chateau Elan in 2012. The winery offers over 29 styles of wines and has won over 300 awards in competitions all over the United States. Although his wine making approach is as simple as possible, he loves to experiment with varieties, growing areas, and styles with what some could call an unorthodox business model using Georgia and out of state grown varieties as well as two international joint programs.
Over the past 7 years Chateau Elan has quadrupled its production volume, thus establishing the state’s largest producer of wines from muscadine grapes and classic grape varieties grown out of state. Simone’s plan for the future of the winery is to keep exploring new possibilities in order to enhance the current portfolio of native and vinifera varieties in accordance to his strict wine making philosophy.