The 23rd Annual Nantucket Wine & Food Festival: May 15-19, 2019

Molly Hill

Winemaker

Sequoia Grove Winery
Napa Valley, CA

Winemaker Molly Hill oversees all winemaking and production operations of the winery as well as helping with grower relations and recommendations in the vineyards. Top-quality winemaking and grape growing, with passion, is her goal every step of the way. For Hill, balance is of utmost importance in making a great wine. “Balance to me means nothing stands out—not alcohol, not tannin, not acid, nor fruit nor barrel.” Although Hill joined Sequoia Grove at the relatively young age of 24, she came with experience from quite a few wineries, large and small. During her studies in the UC Davis viticulture and enology program, Hill learned the ropes at Beringer Wine Estates and later making Pinot Noir at Domaine Carneros.

 

Upon graduation, she sharpened her skills and winemaking intuition first at Sea Smoke Cellars and then at Viña Isidro in Chile. She joined Sequoia Grove in 2003 as assistant winemaker and was promoted to winemaker in 2008.

 

Hill lives with her winemaker husband, Lars, and their children Andreas and Maja. She is a member of Napa Valley Wine Technical Group and the Land Trust of Napa Valley.