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Duckhorn Vineyards

Monitor Ledge Vineyard

2017 Cuvée
Napa Valley
Release Date February 2020
  • Monitor Ledge Vineyard is located on the alluvial fan of Selby Creek in Calistoga

  • The vineyard is composed of cobblestones and gravelly sandy loam, ideally suited for world-class viticulture

  • The resulting unique wine is a marvel of intensity and structure framed with fine grain tannins

Renee Ary

Renee Ary, Winemaker

Today, with an approach that balances artistry, science and a deep respect for the viticultural side of winemaking, Renee guides the entire Duckhorn Vineyards portfolio, crafting wines that offer structure and sophistication, as well as a deep and purposeful sense of place.
Country Born
United States
Winery Experience
15-20 years
Degree in chemistry and art from Saint Mary’s College.
Renee spent four years working closely with winemaking luminaries Genevieve Janssens, Steve Leveque and Richard Sowalsky.

Renee Ary became the fourth winemaker in the four-decade history of Duckhorn Vineyards in 2014. Her promotion came after 11 years as an integral member of the winemaking team—including roles as assistant and associate winemaker. Like the two acclaimed winemakers before her, Renee spent years working alongside her predecessors, honing her craft, refining her gifted palate and mastering the Duckhorn Vineyards style. “It’s important to approach a role like this with humility,” adds Renee, “and with the knowledge that I am a part of an ongoing story—that I am contributing to the legacy of a great winery, and building on the work of the talented people who laid the foundation for excellence.”