Megan Gunderson Paredes

Megan Gunderson Paredes

WALT (Winemaker)

Megan Gunderson Paredes earned B.S. degrees in Biochemistry and Molecular Genetics in 2001 from Gustavus Adolphus College and immediately headed from Colorado to California to begin her path to a career in winemaking. There, she found a position in the Napa Valley as an intern at the Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville. It was here that Megan discovered a real passion for wine and viticulture. She went on to become a Laboratory Manager for St. Supery Vineyards in Rutherford and Dominus Estates in Oakville. At Dominus, the mentorship of Christian Moueix and Jean-Claude Berrouet allowed her to refine her winemaking skills. Her bachelor degrees gave her a unique perspective into the scientific aspects of winemaking and several trips to France to study winemaking techniques, most recently to Burgundy in the summer of 2011, augmented her expertise.

In June 2005, Megan joined HALL Wines, a relatively new winery, as an Enologist. HALL had just unveiled a state-of-the-art winery near Rutherford, dedicated to producing single vineyard and limited production Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc. In the fall of 2007, she was promoted to Assistant Winemaker, which involves her working on all stages of the winemaking process, from visiting the vineyards, to helping select the winemaking methods, to monitoring the fermentation process, and overseeing the cellar and bottling.

HALL Wines purchased Roessler Cellars in 2010. Although Megan retained her position as Assistant Winemaker for HALL, she also assumed the role of Winemaker for Roessler in October 2010. Roessler has been renamed as WALT, to honor proprietor Kathryn Hall’s family vineyard and heritage in Mendocino. WALT is dedicated to producing top-quality single-vineyard and appellation wines that are intricate, integrated, and true to the terroir of the vineyards and regions of their origin. The wines are crafted not only with tremendous care for individual expression, but also with a good balance of acidity, tannins, and fruit. As the winemaker, Megan takes an active role in managing the vineyard blocks to ensure that the highest quality fruit results.

In the cellar, she employs Old World-style winemaking techniques with a minimum of intervention, allowing the wines to be reflective of the terroir and the care taken in the vineyards. Her goal is to have the Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays reflect the nuances and characteristics derived from the variety of soils, clones, and climates in which the grapes are produced. With her extensive and varied background in the Napa Valley with many highly regarded wineries, Megan uses her passion for winemaking and years of experience to make the very best Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.