Anthony weytjens, edge hill estate
After an education that spanned the Canary Islands, Barcelona, and Bordeaux, Anthony Weytjens has set roots in Napa as the Winemaker and Estate Manager at Edge Hill Estate. It wasn't until Anthony left Tenerife, the main island of the Canaries, and went to law school in Spain that he found an interest in vineyards and winemaking. In the podcast Anthony weaves through the trials that were a part of his viticulture and enology education at the University of Bordeaux, including his having to learn French from scratch. After interning at some of the top Chateaux within the Christian Moueix group in Bordeaux, Anthony took the opportunity to work in Dominus Estate in Napa and thus began his career in California. Now at Edge Hill Estate in the St Helena district of Napa Valley, Anthony oversees the grapes and rebuilding of one of the valley's most history wineries. We recorded our podcast in the old distillery that was initially built in 1869 and was painstakingly re-constructed o that every stone was set in its original orientation. We discuss the efforts Anthony is heading at Edge Hill to convert the vineyard to dry farming and biodynamics.
And the podcast would not be complete without some insight into the vineyards and wines of the Canary Islands. Although he has yet to make any wine on the Canaries, Anthony describes some of the cool aspects of growing grapes in volcanoes, cliffs, and wind-swept slopes. There are spots with vines that are 200 years old, others that drape off of cliffs such that people have to wear harnesses to pick the grapes and use donkeys to pack them out. Fortunately, some of these wines are being exported, so don't miss Anthony's recommendations.
LINKS AND RESOURCES MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE
- Edge Hill Estate, Anthony's current post
- NY Times article on Wines of the Canary Islands by Eric Asimov
- Tramuntana, the Sauvignon Blanc brand founded by Anthony and partners
- These are all the wineries and vineyards Anthony has been a part of prior to his tenure at Edge Hill Estate
- For folks in the US, these are the Canary Island wine producers that are available and recommended by Anthony
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