Camille Benitah

Camille Benitah

Montesquieu (Winemaker)

Camille Benitah’s scientific background comes from her work as a technician at INRA (Institut National de Recherche Agronomique) in France. From 1996 through 1999, her passion for wine led her to study viticulture and enology at Château La Tour Blanche in the Sauternes region. She worked in the vineyards and the cellar year-round during her years of study and acquired the best viticulture and winemaking practices in Bordeaux (Château Myrat, Château de Chainchon, Château Smith Haut Lafitte, and Château Fieuzal).

During a period of years, she developed expertise in vine growing and luxury winemaking in the Napa Valley with Bordeaux and Red Rhone varietals. She was a “hands on winemaker” at Merus for ten years (2004–2013), after which she accepted positions at Naked Wines as consulting winemaker and at Montesquieu Winery as winemaker. In addition to these current positions, she became the Executive Winemaker at Maxville Lake Winery in mid-2014.

Camille’s other experience includes positions as a winemaking and vine-growing consultant at Crushpad (2007–2008), assistant winemaker for Mark Herold Consulting (2004–2007), winemaker at Laine Estate Winery (2001–2004), lab/cellar worker at Kent Rasmussen Winery (2000–2003), vine-growing educator at Les Ateliers Saint Joseph (2000–2007), winemaker at Cave des Cotes de Francs (1999–2000), assistant winemaker at Château de Chainchon (1998–1999), vineyard foreman at Château Smith Haut Lafitte (1998), assistant winemaker at Château de Myrat (1996–1997), lab and field assistant at Boskoop Research Station (1996), and lab and field assistant at INRA (1992–1996).