Danielle Cyrot

Danielle Cyrot

CADE Estate Winery (Winemaker)

Wine always had been a part of Danielle’s life, but she never imagined it would be her career. Having grown up with a French father and yearly trips to Paris, Danielle was aware of her family’s history. Her great-grandfather was the last in a long line of ancestors who owned the Cyrot vineyard in Burgundy’s prestigious Côte de Beaune. After losing his eldest son in World War I, her grandfather donated the land to the Hospices de Beaune, and a Cyrot cuvée still is sold at the charity auction each year. Danielle had no intention of revitalizing her family’s history of winemaking when she enrolled at the University of California, Davis, but everything changed when she took an introductory winemaking class taught by a very popular professor, Carole Meredith. Danielle was hooked immediately, and she graduated in 1998 with a degree in Enology and Viticulture.

While at Davis, Danielle worked harvests at Schramsberg and Artesa in Napa Valley. After graduation, she was determined to experience winemaking abroad and traveled to Alsace and South Australia to hone her skills. Danielle returned to Napa in 1999 and joined the team at Stag’s Leap Winery as an enologist. In 2003, she was promoted to assistant winemaker.

In 2005, after six years at Stag’s Leap, Danielle was offered the position of winemaker at St. Clement, which produces Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc, among other varietals. She has now moved on to become the winemaker at CADE Estate Winery, where she is crafting Sauvignon Blanc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Drawing on her travels to France and Australia as well as her experience in the Napa Valley, Danielle appreciates the philosophy that wine is created in the vineyard, but she also monitors her cellar carefully. Her wines are elegantly structured with refined tannins and balanced components.

Danielle and her husband, whom she met when they both were students at UC Davis, are avid skiers and make annual trips to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to ski (and to decompress after harvest). They live in Napa and balance work and play with their young son.