HALL FAMILY WINES’ HEAD WINEMAKERMEGAN GUNDERSON
At 22 years old, Megan Gunderson packed up and moved from Colorado to the Napa Valley to pursue an internship in winemaking with Robert Mondavi, and through the dedication to her craft, has transformed her career into one that is admired by many. Today, 18 years after she started her journey in California’s Wine Country, she is the first female Director of Winemaking for award-winning HALL Family Wines.
During her first internship, she discovered her passion for wine and viticulture. The marriage of science, technology, art and creativity was a perfect combination for Megan. After Robert Mondavi, she joined St. Supéry in Rutherford as Laboratory Manager, later she moved to Dominus Estate in Yountville in the same capacity.
At Dominus, inspired by the complexities of the Napa Valley appellations and sub-appellations, Gunderson developed her meticulous approach to winemaking. In 2005, she joined HALL Wines as Enologist and quickly rose through the ranks. First, as an Assistant and then Associate Winemaker, she was then was promoted to Winemaker ten years later and assumed increasingly central roles within the winemaking operation. In 2010, she was promoted to Head Winemaker for the wine company’s Pinot Noir brand, WALT Wines. She excelled in producing world-class single vineyard Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays.
As a result of years of stellar work and dedication to her craft, Megan was promoted to the Director of Winemaking for HALL Family Wines earlier this year. Encompassing three brands in the portfolio, this role could not have been achieved without a supportive and talented team, Megan acknowledges. Working at HALL has helped hone her skills while becoming one of the next generation of leaders in this male-dominated industry.
She’s certainly one to watch.