Elizabeth DeLouise-Gant

Elizabeth DeLouise-Gant

Conn Creek (Winemaker)

Elizabeth DeLouise-Gant grew up in the Napa Valley, where she gained her first exposure to and taste of the wine industry assisting in her parents’ vineyard. She attended the University of California, Santa Barbara, where she earned a B.S. degree in Biological Sciences, minoring in Cultural Anthropology. Her passion for wine led her to apply her biology background to winemaking by completing the Winemaking Certificate Program at U.C. Davis.

Her winemaker career has included stints at Beaulieu Vineyard and subsequently at Stag’s Leap Wine Cellars. At Beaulieu, Elizabeth started out as a Lab Technician in 1999, became Technical Service and Quality Control Manager in 2005, and was named Assistant Winemaker in 2007. In the latter role, she was responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the Georges de Latour Private Reserve Winery and carrying out all phases of the research being conducted.

She moved to Stag’s Leap as Assistant Winemaker before assuming her current position as Winemaker at Conn Creek in 2017. In her own words, Elizabeth says, “I am so honored to take the reins at Conn Creek. My passion in winemaking has always been Cabernet Sauvignon—its styles, clones, the many ways it can be interpreted—so joining Conn Creek is a natural fit.” Not surprisingly, the winery is noted for its Cabernet Sauvignons.