Ana Diogo-Draper

Ana Diogo-Draper

Artesa Vineyards & Winery (Director of Winemaking)

Ana Diogo-Draper is a native of Portugal. Her passion for agriculture and winemaking was nurtured from an early age as she experienced planting vines with family and neighbors who were immersed in the European tradition of wine appreciation. She earned a B.S. in Agriculture Engineering from the University of Évora, the second oldest university in Portugal and located in the heart of the country’s cork industry.

Ana moved to the U.S. in 2005 to join the winemaking team at Rutherford Hill Winery in the Napa Valley. During her eight-year tenure there, she rose from being a harvest intern to lab manager, and ultimately to assistant winemaker. She then accepted a comparable position at Artesa Vineyards & Winery in the Napa Valley, where she worked with Mark Beringer. She was named Director of Winemaking at Artesa in March 2015.

Ana is the first woman to hold the top winemaking position at Artesa. She is known for her collaborative approach and thrives in the fast-paced environment of a winery and excels at a wide diversity of roles from laboratory analysis and quality control assurance to creative applications such as sensory analysis and blending. Fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and French, she provides the winemaking team with a truly international perspective. Among her initiatives is redeveloping the estate’s vineyards by introducing new clones, using rootstocks better fitted to the soil types, and planting Cabernet Sauvignon vines on the highest elevations of the property.

Artesa, Catalan for “handcrafted,” specializes in producing Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, and Chardonnay, among other varietals and blends. It also offers a sparkling wine that reflects the Spanish roots of its founders, owners of Codorníu Raventós, located in the Penedès region near Barcelona.