Megan Schofield

Megan Schofield

Robert Mondavi Winery (Winemaker)

Megan Schofield loves to find the adventure in whatever she does. Having grown up in St. Catharines, Ontario, she was surrounded by grapes from her earliest days. Initially, the area was only known for Concord grapes, but the number of wine varietals planted soon increased to some two dozen, as the potential of the Niagara region for producing wine was recognized.

Attending her town’s annual Grape and Wine Festival every year, Megan was unaware of just how central grapes would become to her future plans. She enrolled at Brock University in Ontario as a biotechnology student but soon began to take notice of the excitement surrounding a new program in Enology and Viticulture being offered at the university—her interest was piqued. In 2000, she was part of the first graduating class of only 10 students in the program and was awarded a Bachelor of Science degree in Enology and Viticulture.

With her degree in hand and an inspired vision for her future, Megan set off with grand plans of moving from country to country to experience as many grape harvests as possible. She first set her sights on the world-renowned wine region of Napa Valley, where she secured a position as an Enologist at Beringer Winery. She spent three harvests at Beringer, where she benefited from the tutelage of a number of winemakers. However, it was her adventurous spirit that compelled her to move from Napa Valley to Sonoma County to work as the Assistant Winemaker at Buena Vista Winery, where she remained for three years. It was here that she fell in love with Sonoma County and all the diversity it offers. As Megan explains, “Being so close to the ocean, there are many microclimates in Sonoma County, which makes for a lot of variety in the wines being made and all the different styles.” She had found a plethora of options to explore in one region, and it was enough to convince her to lay down roots and place her country-to-country plans on hold.

In 2008, Megan was lured to Simi. She was engaged by the number of historic vineyard sites to work with and loved following the lots from picking to blending. The opportunity to work at Simi, with its strong history of female winemakers was a big attraction for her. In 2015, she moved to Robert Mondavi Winery, where she leads the Napa, Oakville, and Reserve wine programs for its Fumé Blancs as well as its cool-climate Chardonnays and Pinot Noirs. She also collaborates in the production of the winery’s Cabernet Sauvignons.

Her winemaking philosophy is simple: “Don’t mess up what the vineyard gives you. The best fruit will get you the best wine.” Given this belief and in her own words, working at Mondavi is “winemaking nirvana!”

In her free time, Megan enjoys mountain biking, road cycling, competing in marathons and triathlons. She lives in Santa Rosa with her two dogs (both rescues) and a couple of chickens.