Artistry and science lie at the core of Renée Ary’s winemaking philosophy. As Duckhorn Vineyards’ Director of winemaking, Renée has employed this balance of passions to craft world class wine that rises above the rest.
Originally from the East Coast, Renée first came to Northern California to study both Chemistry and Art at Saint Mary’s College. Upon graduating, Renée, who had never been to Napa before, took a job at Robert Mondavi Winery as a Lab Technician and immediately fell in love with the dynamic energy of winemaking.
“I didn’t realize it at the time, but my degree in Chemistry & Art would be the perfect background for a winemaking career.”
In 2003, Renée joined the Duckhorn Vineyards team and expanded her passion for winemaking under winemaker Mark Beringer. In addition to her versatile background, Renée’s attention to detail allowed the wine to speak for itself by evolving its own personality throughout the process.
Renée quickly rose through the ranks advancing through six different positions before assuming the role of Director of Winemaking in 2014.
“Winemaking is an interactive job and my philosophy is to be present and hands-on.”
During this time, Duckhorn was able to expand their portfolio allowing for even more opportunity for Renée to create delicious works of art. In 2015, Duckhorn acquired Three Palm Vineyard after working with the original owners since 1978. In 2017, Wine Spectator magazine named the 2014 Duckhorn Merlot Napa Valley Three Palms Vineyards its Wine of the Year. The top 10 winning bottles are selected by the publication’s panel of critics from over 16,000 wines reviewed in blind tastings.
“We’ve had some incredible acclaim on Three Palms and that has spilled over into our other merlots, but we don’t have any plans to change anything. We are excited to have the honor and hope to continue producing wines that we’re passionate about. Our plans for Three Palms and our other Estate vineyards is to continue to make great site-specific wines off those ranches.”