Winemaker Puts Focus On Sustainability,Winemaker

Winemaker Puts Focus On Sustainability at Honig, Kristin Belair, takes on new role as Director of Winegrowing and Sustainability.

Winemaker Puts Focus On Sustainability

Kristin Belair, the winemaker at Honig, begins her 26th vintage as Director of Winemaker Puts Focus On Sustainability, delegating daily winemaking duties to Ashley Egelhoff.

Belair is of the opinion that Ashley’s expertise and experience will guarantee continuity while preserving the wine’s integrity. She is looking forward to the future and the talent she brings. Belair says her own new position at Honig will be to continue supporting the winemaking team while also focusing on finding ways to increase sustainability.

Kristin Belair

Winemaker Puts Focus On Sustainability,Winemaker
Director of Winegrowing and Sustainability; Kristin Belair; and Ashley Egelhoff, Winemaker

In January 1998, Kristin became the Winemaker for the Honig team. She jumped at the chance to expand the Honig Cabernet Sauvignon portfolio because she was already well-known for producing high-quality Sauvignon Blanc. In 1999, Kristin and the Bartolucci family in St. Helena formed a partnership to launch their single-vineyard program.

Honig’s 2009 and 2010 Cabernet Sauvignons earned them a spot on the Wine Spectator Top 100 Wines, in addition to consistently receiving high scores for their wines each year.

Winemaker Puts Focus On Sustainability,Winemaker

Ashley Egelhoff

Before becoming Assistant Winemaker, Ashley Egelhoff worked as an enologist at Honig for ten years. Ashley worked as an intern at Joseph Phelps Vineyards during her first harvest after receiving her bachelor’s degree in viticulture and enology from UC Davis. She also worked as an intern for harvest in Mendoza, Argentina. At the beginning of 2012, Ashley joined the Honig winemaking team.

Ashley said she is honored that Kristin and her family have placed their trust in her ability to produce wine that meets Honig standards. During her time at Honig, Ashley has grown so much. She could not have asked for a better family to work for or a better mentor, and sees this as a fantastic opportunity.

Honig Winery

Michael Honig, president of the winery, said that evolution is the only way to run a successful business. Their winemaking program had grown to the point where they needed to look at the big picture, which meant putting more of an emphasis on sustainability as well as winemaking. They are fortunate to already have the best candidates for those positions!

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Honig Vineyard & Winery – P.O. Box 406 – Rutherford, CA 94573 –



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