Rosemary Cakebread

Rosemary Cakebread

Gallica (Winemaker & Proprietor)

Rosemary Cakebread is among the seasoned winemakers who have been instrumental in bringing Napa Valley Cabernet to prominence. After earning a degree in Viticulture and Enology from the University of California, Davis in 1979, she was introduced to Cabernet Sauvignon at the historic Inglenook Winery, where she took her first winery job right after college. She has enjoyed varied experiences during her many years of experience in the production of wines, which include a harvest in Bordeaux and immersion in the world of sparkling wine at Domaine Mumm (now Mumm Napa Valley).

A love for Cabernet Sauvignon was nurtured as winemaker for Spottswoode Estate Vineyard and Winery from 1997 through the 2005 vintage, where she divided her time between winemaking and overseeing the organically farmed estate vineyard. Rosemary celebrated her thirtieth vintage in 2009, which coincided with the bottling of her first release under her own label: the 2007 Gallica Cabernet Sauvignon. She has expanded her offerings to include small quantities of Grenache, Syrah, Petite Sirah, and Albariño. The Cabernet and Petite Sirah are produced from fruit grown on her organically farmed estate vineyard of two gravelly acres.

When not making wine, Rosemary can be found enjoying her family, hiking, running, or pursuing her other creative outlet, photography.