Martha McClellan

Martha McClellan

Checkerboard Vineyards (Winemaker)

LEVY & McCLELLAND (Winemaker & Proprietor)

Sloan Estate (Winemaker)

Vineyard 7 & 8 (Head Consulting Winemaker & Vineyard Director)

Martha McClellan earned a degree in Oenology and Viticulture from the University of Geisenheim in Germany and then spent 10 years perfecting her winemaking skills in Germany, Australia, and the U.S. She joined Merryvale Vineyards as Assistant Winemaker in 1995, and while there, began making Harlan Estate, which was being made at the Merryvale winery location in St. Helena at that time. After the construction of the Harlan Estate Winery in Oakville was completed, she relocated to the estate and continued to participate in the making of the wines from 1997 through the 2000 vintage.

Martha was recruited by Stuart Sloan in July 2000 to take on development of the winery, management, and winemaking at the now highly-sought-after wines of Sloan Estate. There, she oversees production all the way from the vineyard to the bottle. Martha uses 100-percent estate grapes to produce Sloan’s Proprietary Reds, which are made primarily of Cabernet Sauvignon, with accents of Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Petite Verdot. She also spent three years leading the winemaking and vineyards at Blankiet Estate, taking over the 2006, 2007, and 2008 vintages and bringing the winery into the realm of esteemed wines in Napa Valley. In addition, she served as the consulting winemaker for Hamel Family Wines in Sonoma for a number of years, starting in 2013, working directly with its winemaker ,John Hamel, on crafting wines and assisting in designing the winery and caves adjacent to its estate house.

Martha was asked to join the team at Checkerboard Vineyards in 2006, where she was, and still is, responsible for the growing and winemaking of the wines at the impressive estate on the southern side of Diamond Mountain. In response to a continued high request for her time and talents, she has been honored to take on the position of head consulting winemaker at Vineyard 7 & 8 in the Napa Valley.

After years of practicing the skills of their shared passion at other venues, Martha McClellan and her husband, Robert Levy, combined their individual talents and experiences in an independent endeavor of their label of LEVY & McCLELLAN. They and their three children live in St. Helena.