Vineyard Manager

Under his own Matthiasson Wines label, Steve makes clamored-for wines in the heart of Napa that have been praised as “classically balanced.” Steve has coauthored an industry-revered integrated farming guide and also works as vineyard consultant to a wide array of Napa estates including Araujo Estate, Spottswoode, Chappellet, Hall, David Arthur, Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars and Long Meadow Ranch. His background in sustainable farming and Masters degree in horticulture from UC Davis have given him a baseboard of scientific methodology, while his astute and compassionate personality lends an artistic — at times almost spiritual — air to his practice.

Here at Purlieu, Steve says, “We begin with integrity, the best ingredients and techniques and a no-compromise attitude.” Steve’s work is intensely site-specific, precisely attuned to both the season and the needs of each vine. The objective is always balance: perfect, healthy fruit at peak ripeness, with power but also with freshness. With balance comes the capacity for our wines to age, fascinate and excite.