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Nova Cadamatre MW

Nova Cadamatre MW

Became an MW 2017

Based in United States

Nationality American

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 Director of Winemaking for Robert Mondavi Winery in Oakville, CA. 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

Current employer: Robert Mondavi Winery

Primary area(s) of work: Wine production

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

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

Wine region expertise: California, New York, Ningxia, USA, Washington

Market expertise: North America

Specialisms: Acquisition of vineyards, Commercial advice on vinyard establishment, Cultivation of the vine, Establishment of vineyards, Factors affecting grape growing, Harvesting of grapes, Life cycle of the vine, Maladies of the vine and their control, Rootstocks and grafting, Structure and composition of grapes, Sustainability, Vine propagation, Economics of wine production, Fermentation, Maturation and blending, Stabilisation and clarification, Processing of grapes, Production of sparkling wines, Wine pigments, Wine styling, Winery design and construction, Blending, Bottling, Bulk shipment, Elevage / maturation, Preparation of finished wine for bottling, Packing and labelling, Quality assurance and control, Sensory evaluation , Marketing wine