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Nova Cadamatre MW

Nova Cadamatre MW

Became an MW 2017

Based in United States

Languages English, French


Nova Cadamatre was the first female winemaker in the US to achieve the title of Master of Wine and one of only a few American winemakers to do so. Currently she is the Senior Director of Winemaking in Napa for Constellation Brands based at the iconic Robert Mondavi Winery. In 2014, Cadamatre was named to Wine Enthusiast’s Top 40 under 40 list and has numerous 90+ scoring wines to her credit. Originally from Greer, South Carolina, Cadamatre began her career in wine after moving to New York to pursue horticulture. As one of the first graduates of Cornell’s Viticulture and Enology program in 2006, Nova relocated to California to assume a number of winemaking roles with many iconic wineries including Beringer, Chateau St. Jean, Chateau Souverain, and at Robert Mondavi Winery. There she was the red winemaker focusing on Cabernet Sauvignon from To Kalon Vineyard. Nova is a WSET Alumni, blogger, wine writer, Ningxia Winemaker Challenge contestant, and is active on social media. Follow her on her blog at, on Twitter @NovaCadamatre, on Instagram @nova_cadamatre, and discover her personal wine brand at

Industry sector(s): Project management, Viticulture, Winemaking, Business owner, Author, Educator

Wine styles: Sparkling wine, Still white, Still red, Still rosé, Still wines

Wine region expertise: USA, California

Market expertise: North America

Specialisms: Life cycle of the vine, Establishment of vineyards, Acquisition of vineyards, Factors affecting grape growing, Cultivation of the vine, Maladies of the vine and their control, Harvesting of grapes, Commercial advice on vinyard establishment, Processing of grapes, Fermentation, Stabilisation and clarification, Production of sparkling wines, Economics of wine production, Elevage / maturation, Blending, Preparation of finished wine for bottling, Packing and labelling, Quality assurance and control, Bottling, Marketing wine