Jean-Michel Valette MW
Became an MW 1992
Based in United States
Languages English, French, German
After a professional wander through various aspects of the business of wine, Jean-Michel Valette is currently chairman of Vinfolio, the leading hub of storage in the US, buying and selling services to fine wine enthusiasts. He is also an advisory board member to two of Napa’s more entrepreneurial wine families. Previously, he has been CEO of Franciscan Estates and Managing Director of Robert Mondavi winery.
When not on the phone or in front of a screen, Jean-Michel can be found in the kitchen, on a mountain, fishing in a river or otherwise enjoying nature’s small gifts.
Within the IMW Jean-Michel has been an educator, examiner, council member and honorary officer. At present, he is serving a term as chair of the MW exam and education board.
Primary area(s) of work: Strategy
Industry sector(s): Agency/Importer, Business owner, Marketing, Wine judge
Wine styles: Fine and rare wines
Wine region expertise: California, France, Rhone
Market expertise: France, North America
Specialisms: Acquisition of vineyards, Economics of wine production, Branding, Direct to consumer, Financial and commercial structures, Investment strategies, Wine judging